Friday, October 27, 2006

Warm Hollow-A Reminder To Myself

Whenever we have an opportunity to get away from our normal setting and experience the diversity that is nature it's always nice to discover our newness with loved ones sharing in the experience. When we return back to our respective homes it seems all too soon we miss the newness, the experiences and the company of those we love most.

All of the adventure, the love of newness, beauty and sharing doesn't have to stop because we find ourselves back into our routine...there must be a way to find this same joy and love here, now.

I believe what seems to be missing isn't really missing at all- it's found in our hearts and is always waiting for us to rediscover, over and over again. Each of us is the unfolding of a great Love story and perhaps we should stop and consider how much we are loved by others and the deep capacity we possess to love in return.

It is all we ever really have- our ability to love one another, to share this love. Sometimes we forget, very often it seems, who we really are and what we are capable of.

We are love itself, unfolding and always already complete.

"Realize what is present here and now."

View from atop Max Patch

Warm Hollow Reflection

Cathy & Tommy on Max Patch

Warm Hollow near Spring Creek, NC

Smokey Mountains from Max Patch

Carolina Blue Skies

All photos by James Berry, my brother-in-law

More photos coming as soon as Blogger stops acting up!


Blogger Meredith said...


Thank you for sharing this brilliant NC Autumn with us, and for re-minding us of love - that very essence that is who we are, "unfolding, yet always already complete."

You bring joy,

12:50 PM  
Blogger anonymous julie said...

Pretty photos, Tommy... when are you sending me prints? :D

An aquaintance told me of his friend who'd always deliberately do things differently - brush with the other hand, a new route to the grocery store - in order to keep things new. But, like you, I think things can be new every time, the same well-worn paths and routines, can still be wonderful.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

Beautiful pictures. A beautiful place. I'm curious about the "reflection" picture. The lake looks higher than the house behind it! Is it an earthen dam?

9:22 PM  
Blogger isaiah said...

Yes, Jon- there are three lakes at Warm Hollow house and the lake in which the relection is captured is higher (probably because it was constructed on a hillside. All three lakes (ponds really) drain into Spring Creek which runs many miles before spilling into the French Broad river in Hot Springs (the third oldest river in the world).

My brother in law shoots great pictures, doesn't he. He's resposible for me picking up the camera again and discover a long lost joy from many years past. Digital really helps...although sometimes I still shoot black & white with the Pentax.

9:29 PM  
Blogger "James" said...

Love the "Warm Hollow" picture.

In nature we find some of the most real temples and places of worship that exist in my opinion.

12:00 AM  
Anonymous Irving said...

How right you are dear Brother. With every step on the path, the love grows, and all the world sparkles with it, people, places, nature, all, all.

Peace and Many Blessings!

3:59 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...


Thank you for sharing your lovely vacation with us!

"Realize what is present here and now." Beloved Ramana speaks...

"We are love itself, unfolding and always already complete."

always already complete... I love that... beautiful!

What beautiful photos!!! A great one of Kathy and Tommy!

I am so glad you had such a Wonder-full time...

1:42 PM  

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