Today’s Bloom

“A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice.”
– Edgar Watson Howe

Photo taken at Rattlesnake Lake , North Bend, Washington

About Edgar Watson Howe

Pithy American newspaperman Edgar Watson Howe was known as the “Sage of Potato Hill.” He was born in Indiana in 1853. He learned the printing trade at his father’s shop. He left home at age 14 and by age 18, he was editing a local paper in Colorado. In 1877, he established the Atchison, Kansas, Daily Globe. He also wrote fiction; his most successful novel, The Story of a Country Town, was a bleak portrayal of life on the prairie. He died in October 1937.

Today’s blooms

“Instinct is the nose of the mind.”
– Delphine Gay de Girardin

About Delphine Gay de Girardin

French writer Delphine Gay de Girardin was equally well known for her patriotic poetry and for the brilliant literary gatherings at her home. She was born in France on January 24, 1804; her mother was the well-known author Sophie Gay. Delphine called herself the “Muse of the Nation” for her poetry about France. Under the pseudonym Vicomte Charles de Launay, she wrote a gossip column with comedic sketches of Parisian life. She died on June 29, 1855.

photo taken in Ravensdale , Washington

“Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits.” Cindy Ross

Photo by Cynthia Freese Mount Rainier,Washington


I enjoy sharing some of my photos and favorite quotes as much as I enjoy my wanderings in the woods. Today I am sharing two quotes as I could not decide between them.

“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success.”
– Henry David Thoreau

I am happy to share some of my favorite trails with you. All you have to do is ask.

Photo taken on Bainbridge Island , Washington State

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” 
― Henry David Thoreau

About Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau, the transcendentalist philosopher and author, is best known for Walden, a spiritual memoir about his two-year sojourn in the woods. He was born in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1817 and lived nearly all his life in that small town. He explored the area as a land surveyor, and became the first American environmentalist. His writing presaged the field of ecology. He died of tuberculosis in 1862.

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.”
Plutarch, the Greek historian who penned more than 46 anecdote-laced biographies of famous Greek and Roman figures in his Parallel Lives series of books, was more interested in exploring the influence of character on a man’s personal destiny than in writing dry histories. He was born in Greece during Roman rule, most likely in the year 45. He traveled extensively through the Roman Empire, finally returning home to become a priest of Apollo at the Oracle of Delphi.
He died in the year 120.
photo taken in Santorini, Greece

When we are dreaming alone it is only a dream. When we’re dreaming with others it’s the beginning of reality.

photo taken in my neighbors garden

Today’s Blooms & A Quote

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.”
– A. J. Cronin

Photo Cynthia Freese Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Washington

About A. J. Cronin

Archibald Joseph Cronin, the Scottish novelist who wrote as A. J. Cronin, had a full career as a doctor before turning to fiction. He was born on July 19, 1896, worked as a Royal Navy surgeon during World War I, and later was appointed Medical Inspector of Mines in Wales. Some of his most famous books are The CitadelThe Keys of the Kingdom, and Pocketful of Rye. His works were known to reflect both his religious beliefs as a Roman Catholic and his medical training. He died on January 6, 1981.