Sunday Dinner: Perspective

Mt. St. Helen, as seen through the plane's window descending into Portland Oregon.

Mt. St. Helens, as seen through the plane’s window, descending into Portland Oregon.


“We often think that there is just one way

to look at things – the way we always have.

In fact, there are an infinite number of ways

to look at most everything.

An open mind allows for a multitude of perspectives

from which to choose in any given moment.

That suppleness of mind allows for true choice,

and opens us to a whole new realm of possibility.”


Jeffrey R. Anderson     


Mt. Adams and Mt. Baker

Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier


“There is wonder in everything,

the only thing you need to change to see it

is your perspective.”


Taylor Schake




“Remember, whatever you focus upon, increases. . . .

When you focus on the things you need,

you’ll find those needs increasing.

If you concentrate your thoughts on what you don’t have,

you will soon be concentrating on other things

that you had forgotten you don’t have-

-and feel worse! If you set your mind on loss,

you are more likely to lose.

But a grateful perspective brings happiness

and abundance into a person’s life.”


Andy Andrews


Haystack Rock, Pacific City, OR

Haystack Rock, Pacific City, OR


“When you have once seen the glow of happiness

on the face of a beloved person,

you know that a man can have no vocation

but to awaken that light

on the faces surrounding him.

In the depth of winter, I finally learned

that within me there lay an invincible summer.”


Albert Camus




Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016


Lincoln City, OR

Cascade Head, Lincoln City, OR


“It is well known that stone can think,

because the whole of electronics is based on that fact,

but in some universes men spend ages

looking for other intelligences in the sky

without once looking under their feet.

That is because they’ve got the time-span all wrong.

From stone’s point of view the universe is hardly created

and mountain ranges are bouncing up and down

like organ-stops while continents zip backward and forward

in general high spirits, crashing into each other

from the sheer joy of momentum and getting their rocks off.

It is going to be quite some time before stone notices

its disfiguring skin disease and starts to scratch,

which is just as well.”


Terry Pratchett



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8 responses to “Sunday Dinner: Perspective

  1. Some great shots in this post. The mountain views are spectacular.

  2. Wonderful series of photos and quotes, WG. 🙂

  3. Wow, you had a nice clear day for mountain shots and landing. Beautiful photos all, seeing people on the beach gives great perspective to the hugeness of the landscape and love the quotes. 🙂

    • Thank you Eliza 😉 We had good travel days on both ends… until I hit Chicago on the way home! I was amazed to see the Washington State volcanoes on the flight into Portland… what a gorgeous sight, and a warm welcome to the Pacific Northwest! This is why I book the window seat 😉

  4. so beautiful…all of them…the mountains look stunning…

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