Everyone has the fire, but the champions know when to ignite the spark.

Amit Ray
Enlightenment Step by Step

The attraction of snowboarding is the freedom it gives you. With a snowboard on your feet the sky is the limit. You can do anything and go anywhere. This is not just for pro riders. It is for everyone.
The other amazing thing with snowboarding is how easy it is to get away from people and enjoy the solitude of the mountains. Its almost impossible in surfing but with snowboarding it is a short hike from the top of the lift or the side of the road. 

Jeremy Jones

Huge air on the half-pipe!!

Hope is there.

The unique Gingko tree

The ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba) is considered a living fossil. It has no known living relatives and has endured for millions of years with little change. In fact, ginkgo is the oldest surviving species of tree known to exist, with a botanical history spanning more than 200 million years. This demonstration of resilience, combined with its antiquity, has made the tree representative of various symbolic meanings throughout the world.
In Japan, the ginkgo is referred to as hibaku, a Japanese word that means "something that has experienced a nuclear bomb." In this case, the ginkgo is one of 170 hibaku trees that survived the atomic blast of Hiroshima that took place in August 1945. Despite suffering extensive damage and predictions that nothing would grow for 75 years, the trees fully recovered. For this reason, ginkgo is attributed with being a symbol of endurance and vitality. Ginkgo's incredibly long lifespan is due in part to its remarkable resistance to disease and pests. Some specimens are reportedly more than 3,000 years old.   (From) 

“Wintering over geraniums
with their pale green gingko leaves─
they have not died, and neither has she,
but the blooms are gone,
and every part of her longs
for red.” 

Where had I heard this wind before

Change like this to a deeper roar? 
What would it take my standing there for, 
Holding open a restive door, 
Looking down hill to a frothy shore? 

Summer was past and day was past. 
Somber clouds in the west were massed. 
Out in the porch's sagging floor,
leaves got up in a coil and hissed, 

Blindly struck at my knee and missed. 
Something sinister in the tone 
Told me my secret must be known: 
Word I was in the house alone 
Somehow must have gotten abroad, 

Word I was in my life alone, 
Word I had no one left but God.

Robert Frost

Empty Bench in a Snow Storm Debi Bishop 

In the Arctic,

the Inuit are saying water and land are the same; they're an unbroken unity. In the winter, you travel on the ice because it's the linkage and the easiest way, and in the summer, you move around on the water. 

John Ralston Saul

Because life is inherently unfair.

Enough reality

Calvin and Hobbes reimagined by @itspeteski

"Blooms in Winter"

No, it is not a deficit in who you are

Rather, a void in what we are.
Fill it with joy -- how you get there is irrelevant.

a very pictorial door / via billyboyfan.tumblr.com 

Sonnet LXXXI - Love poem

And now you're mine. 
Rest with your dream in my dream. 
Love and pain and work should all sleep, now. 
The night turns on its invisible wheels,
and you are pure beside me as a sleeping ember. 

No one else, Love, will sleep in my dreams. 
You will go,
we will go together, over the waters of time. 

No one else will travel through the shadows with me,
only you, evergreen, ever sun, ever moon.

Your hands have already opened their delicate fists
and let their soft drifting signs drop away;
your eyes closed like two gray wings, and I move  

after, following the folding water you carry, that carries
me away. 

The night, the world, the wind spin out their destiny. 
Without you, I am your dream, only that, and that is all.

Pablo Neruda

Animals in sweaters going for a moonlit stroll


Camping, not for everyone

Early park rangers prepare Big Pines Park for visitors.


See beauty, speak beauty

1946.  Model is wearing navy blue Ameritex rayon garbadine shorts and halter with Bandstand red stitching., (Right):   Model is wearing red, white and blue rayon garbadine slack suit with a bolero by Arrowhead.

Swimsuit:  1951.  RIght:   Wearing a brown organza dress with a deep flounce and sash tied to the side by Chester Weinberg. 1967 

L:  1959.   Right:   Suzy Parker in Christian Dior 1952


My kite.

You can walk away from a petty argument and let them win.
You can disregard topics which don’t affect your quality of life.
You can ignore the noise and focus on the signals instead.
Life is short for most people, but long enough for those people who know how to spend it wisely.
Random wisdom

Freedom in two images

FREEDOM   by Davide Bonazzi 

Vintage merit award card

and these:

They say I'm old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!

Dr. Seuss

Forever young

Nonsense wakes up the brain cells. And it helps develop a sense of humor, which is awfully important in this day and age. 

Theodor Seuss Geisel

Suspicious bobsleigh

Vintage winter Olympic athletes

Alfred Eisenstaedt Ice Skating through Time Ice Skating Champion Melitta Brunner Rehearsing 

Andrée Joly et Pierre Brunet ont remporté le bronze en patinage artistique par couples à Chamonix avant de remporter l'or en 1928 et 1932. Le couple français s'est marié en 1929., hamonix 1924  Le Norvégien Jacob Tullin Thams, médaille d'or du saut à ski,  

Chamonix 1924 bobsleigh

Ending the day - Sonja Lercher in Whistler's backcountry, British Columbia. Photographer Jordan Manleyjpg, ///   Ice skater Marie Crimmins. Photographer Gabriel Moulin Studios, 1951

Vinage skater

La Norvégienne Sonja Henie a terminé huitième sur huit en patinage artistique à Chamonix. Elle n'avait que 11 ans. Henie a remporté les médailles d'or en 1928, 1932 et 1936.
Norway's Sonja Henie finished eighth out of eight in figure skating in Chamonix. She was only 11 years old. Henie won the gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936.