|Wind Canyon 10 Aug 2012|
Who was the first to witness this?We romanticize discovery. But what is the nature of true discovery?
We imagine ourselves the fortuitous first-discoverer, but perhaps we overlook an important aspect of discovery.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. ― Marcel ProustWe sow the seeds of discovery by adopting Beginner's Mind. Discovery begins when we see the world through fresh eyes.
It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.
― Rachel Carson, excerpt from The Sense of Wonder
When I am a beginner, everything is discovery.
Year after year, I discover and re-discover natural wonders. I fancy myself an explorer seeing things for the first time. I wonder about these natural wonders. I romanticize the history of these sacred places.
Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. ― Theodore RooseveltTower Fall is one such natural wonder I have romanticized.
Six days into the Yellowstone Expedition of 1870, Lieutenant Gustavus Doane describes Tower Fall in his journal:
The great curiosity of the locality, however, is the Tower Fall of Hot Spring Creek, where that stream is precipitated, in one unbroken body, from an amygdaloid ledge, a sheer descent of 115 feet, into a deep gorge, joining the Yellowstone a few hundred yards below. ― Lt. Doane
|Tower Fall. Sketched by Private Moore. The Yellowstone Expedition of 1870.|
Nothing can be more chastely beautiful than this lovely cascade, hidden away in the dim light of overshadowing rocks and woods, its very voice hushed to a low murmur, unheard at the distance of a few hundred yards. Thousands might pass by within a half mile and not dream of its existence; but once seen, it passes to the list of most pleasant memories. ― Lt. Doane