Welcome! I am a contemplative thinker and photographer from Colorado. In this blog, you'll discover photographs that I've taken on my hiking and backpacking trips, mostly in the American West. I've paired these with my favorite inspirational and philosophical quotes - literary passages that emphasize the innate spirituality of the natural world. I hope you enjoy them!

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In the Spirit of Wildness,

Stephen Hatch
Fort Collins, Colorado

P.S. There's a label index at the bottom of the blog.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Why not be totally changed into fire?

"Abba Lot came to Abba Joseph and said: 'Father, according as I am able, I keep my little rule, and my little fast, my prayer, meditation and contemplative silence; and according as I am able I strive to cleanse my heart of thoughts: now what more should I do?'  The elder rose up in reply and stretched out his hands to heaven, and his fingers became like ten lamps of fire.  He said: 'Why not be totally changed into fire?'"

Thomas Merton, "The Wisdom of the Desert"

Photo: Mt. Owen and Grand Teton appear out of the mist at sunset, Grand Teton National Park, WY;  I took this picture from my campsite on the North Fork of Cascade Canyon, July 5, 2012.

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