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



WPC: Weightless Over the Pacific

April 30, 2015 Oregon in April 094



Floating in a watercolor sky,

Lifted up, and ever higher up,

Riding warm rivers of air.


April 30, 2015 Oregon in April 675


Sailing freely above a peaceful sea;

Seeking nothing, seeing no one,

Knowing only light and dark, heat and cool,

Fog and rain.


April 30, 2015 Oregon in April 203


You dance, playing with golden sunlight as it falls to Earth.

Sky sculptor, peopling the troposphere

With sylphs and rainbows, giants and dragons.

Every myth begins and ends in your embrace.


April 30, 2015 Oregon in April 248


Floating in, creeping off the waves onto the strand,

You blur every boundary.

Misty, dreamily, relentlessly you descend;

Leaving even Earthbound beings



April 30, 2015 Oregon in April 021


Woodland Gnome 2016


April 30, 2015 Oregon in April 447~

For the Daily Posts

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weightless

Photos from the Oregon Coast April 2015

WPC: On The Way To The Beach

The path from parking to beach at Road's End.

The path from parking to beach at Road’s End.


There is always a long, steep pathway down to the beach, along the Oregon Coast near Lincoln City.


April 30, 2015 Oregon in  April 593


High cliffs march right up to the beach along much of this stretch of coast.

This path, at Road’s End, offers one of the easier access points in the area.  Everywhere there are flights of steps, pavement, and sometimes simply rocks to cross on the way from the parking areas to the sand and waves.


April 30, 2015 Oregon in  April 626


The ramp I used most often was long, and allowed one to drive a car or pickup onto the beach.  This is a favorite spot for weekend parties staged around roaring driftwood bonfires.


April 30, 2015 Oregon in  April 628


A beautifully made rock wall held back the cliff on one side, and all manner of wind-borne wildflowers grew from its cracks.


September 17, 2014 Oregon 068


It is a steep climb, and requires determination to climb back up;

but oh, what wonderful views, along the way!


April 30, 2015 Oregon in  April 009~

For The Daily Post’s

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Along the Way

Woodland Gnome 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Central Oregon coast, April 2015

Central Oregon coast, April 2015


Photo by Woodland Gnome 2015


April 30, 2015 Oregon in  April 089

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