We Are Climbing...

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    Thank you to everyone in this wonderful community for the support, encouragement, criticism, and advice you've shown me in 2008. It's been a year of great change for me - much for the good, but also times of crisis and painful realization. Such is the nature of life. We are presented with people and situations so that we may always learn. We must continue to be aware of that which we feel, of our actions, of our motivations, and of every consequence. In the new year, may our choices be positive. May we realize that we have more power than we thought possible to control the course of our lives. And may we never forget how much we influence one another. We pluck a string, and the entire world vibrates. So, make your music sweet. Keep moving, keep climbing, and keep reaching. Never be discouraged.

    May we all become better tomorrow than we are today.

    Peace, love, and hope to you all.
    - Duane (drp)

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    When with clanging and with ringing
    Comes the year's initial day,
    I can feel the rhythmic swinging
    Of the world upon its way;
    And though Right still wears a fetter,
    And though Justice still is blind,
    Time's beyond is always better
    Than the paths he leaves behind.

    In our eons of existence,
    As we circle through the night,
    We annihilate the distance
    'Twixt the darkness and the light.
    From beginnings crude and lowly,
    Round and round our souls have trod
    Through the circles, winding slowly
    Up to knowledge and to God.

    Though in folly and in blindness
    And in sorrow still we grope,
    Yet in man's increasing kindness
    Lies the world's stupendous hope;
    For our darkest hour of errors
    Is as radiant as the dawn,
    Set beside the awful terrors
    Of the ages that have gone.

    And above the sad world's sobbing,
    And the strife of clan with clan,
    I can hear the mighty throbbing
    Of the heart of God in man;
    And a voice chants through the chiming
    Of the bells, and seems to say,
    "We are climbing, we are climbing,
    As we circle on our way."

    - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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    I've reinstating a practice I feel is very important.
    Those of you who have known me for a while will remember this:

    As a way of returning the extraordinary generosity and support
    you have all shown me in this great community, whenever I upload
    a new pic or series of shots this year, I'll provide a link to another
    flickr photographer whose work, personality, or spirit I feel you
    should discover.

    Visit and introduce yourself. Make a friend. Share the love.

    Open your eyes to daveblume today.

    Ron Diorio, The Renaissance, and 25 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Doc Hudson 77 months ago | reply

      Great composition; nebula-like

    2. aka viewfinder [deleted] 77 months ago | reply

      wow, duane-- a rockin' great shot.

    3. TFUFKAY(rigoyen) 77 months ago | reply

      thanks for the words. will try to remember them as days go by.

    4. Norma Tub 77 months ago | reply

      It *must* get better or we lose this planet.

    5. Hilary (curioush) 77 months ago | reply

      aw, i always love reading what you write (and seeing what you shoot, of course)

      a wonderful 2009 to you and yours

    6. Lou Rouge 77 months ago | reply

      Great picture and words :)
      Happy new year!

    7. patisfaction ~ censored [deleted] 76 months ago | reply

      spread yr wings & fly awaay,
      fab skyplay!

      colorfoo rockin 2k9!

    8. Vida Morkunas (seawallrunner) 76 months ago | reply

      happy New Year Duane. Much love to you and yours.

    9. stefan0 76 months ago | reply

      great contrast- happy new year :-)

    10. sebastian's belle 76 months ago | reply

      beautiful! perfectly balanced.

      hope this coming year is a super awesome one. :)

    11. shortyhorty 76 months ago | reply

      Thank you for the poetry, Duane. Have a good 2009..P....

    12. Nicoli Barea 76 months ago | reply

      wow beautiful sky

    13. Tomitheos 76 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Flight of Fancy, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    14. HansRuinemans 75 months ago | reply

      I love this pict. A reflection of our times. It is my desktop image.


    15. the tomahawk kid 75 months ago | reply

      i really don't know where i've been to have missed all these shots...the past couple of years have also been a period of great change for me with all the ups and downs that entails...we live, we learn...beautiful shot that sums up that eternal hope we should all carry with us...

    16. nashworld 71 months ago | reply

      Beautiful image. Wow.

      Thanks so much for sharing your work with the rest of us. I just used your image to illustrate a post about education on my blog: nashworld.edublogs.org/2009/06/20/possibilities-20/ (fully attributed, of course) I hope you approve of the use!


    17. House of Abstraction 51 months ago | reply

      Wow, this is stunning.

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