Author Archives: Karmen

About Karmen

I'm just someone who loves this beautiful earth. I feel that human beings may be writing their own final chapter by the general disregard for the natural systems and unwillingness to adapt to the conditions of our own creation. I believe that God created this world and everything in it, both living and nonliving. I also believe that he expects us to treat it well, to treat it with the same love and respect as He had for it during the creation. The commandment was not only to "multiply" but also to "replenish the earth." We can do better.

Allan Gardens: The Art and Beauty of Growing Things

Often we wander along neither seeing nor hearing the beauty of nature all around us.  Color, beyond what can be manufactured and packaged for the artist to apply to canvas, and sound of bird, insect and the earth itself, is … Continue reading

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More Street Art

The last post was about a delightful piece of street art, so lifelike that you could almost pet those little dogs.  I want to talk a bit more about street art because we generally have the impression that all graffiti … Continue reading

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You Guys Wait Right Here…

Walking through San Francisco on a recent trip we saw this wall art on the side of a building, I think it was either a small cafe or a bar.  Whichever, the artist purposely positioned his well-behaved subjects in their … Continue reading

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Going to the Mountains – Chinese Poetry

I’m not sure why I’m drawn to Chinese poetry, I’m not a poet, don’t have a degree in English nor am I even a student of the arts other than appreciation.  Chinese poetry, however, I not only enjoy, but can … Continue reading

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Middlemarch – an exercise in love

I’m making it easy on myself today and am reposting a review of this wonderful book that I did for another blog.  The reason I want it on both websites is because Middlemarch is about a place, a place that … Continue reading

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Light and Place

Is it possible to make a living by simply watching light?  Monet did. Vermeer did.  I believe Vincent did too.  They painted light in order to witness the dance between revelation and concealment, exposure and darkness.  Perhaps this is what … Continue reading

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Ed and The Desert

Edward Abbey is the quintessential wilderness loner with a writing style as raw and blistering as the sun and landscape he describes. He has no patience with nor use for the soft “industrial tourist,” reserving his respect only for those … Continue reading

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Music on the Plateau

I hope when you visit national parks or monuments you take the time to stop at the visitor’s centers.  All offer books, calendars, t-shirts, hats, etc. tied to the place you are visiting or others nearby. There are also items … Continue reading

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Nature’s Art: Cedar Breaks National Monument Photography Field Course

Below is the description of a photography workshop at Cedar Breaks National Monument sponsored by the Zion Natural History Association (ZNHA) that I pasted in from their website. We signed up for the workshop in the spring so am not … Continue reading

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An Unspoken Hunger

I recently read An Unspoken Hunger by Terry Tempest Williams and now wonder, what should I do?  She calls to women to join the “Home Stand Act,” a proposal modeled on the Homestead Act in which we set down roots … Continue reading

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