Inspiration from Paradise

For almost as long as I can remember, a good camera has been my constant companion. My first one was a Brownie “point and shoot.” It had minimal options, other than, true to its name, you would point and shoot. Over the years I progressed to more sophisticated cameras. In my senior year at Penn State, I took my first photography class, much to the dismay of my father who thought college was meant for a different kind of education. I whisper to him each time I enjoy a photograph I have taken that the money he spent was not wasteful. For me, the camera lens is a “window to the world,” allowing me to see things with a broader perspective than the naked eye. It makes fleeting moments permanent – be it a subtle expression on a friend’s face, or a slant of the rising sun in the morning.

Through the years, these images helped cement memories of specific times and places, but much more than that, they opened me up to different ways of viewing the world, both inner and outer. Connecting my “mind’s eye” memory with mental and emotional intersections enables me to bring my photography to another dimension.

Of late, I’ve had my camera trained on the breathtaking vistas and majestic wildlife of Paradise Valley, Montana, the rugged coastline south of Boston, as well as novel sights in foreign lands.  And, I’m finding that these images are bringing passages and quotes to the surface of my mind. I often find these words give perfect expression to the emotions that the images evoke.  Marrying the images with the quotes deepens their meaning and provides a fruitful starting point for my mediation and journaling. 

Finding ways to connect creatively with our inner self, to explore resilience, grit, courage, empowerment, awe, and grace, strengthens us and allows for expanding our sense of self.

I’ve chosen to share them with you here so that they may do the same for you. 

I encourage you to come back and visit this section often, as I’m feeling inspired to keep up this new endeavor.

“Your own path you make with every step you take. That is why it is your own path”. ~ Joseph Campbell
Divide Road, dropping down in to Paradise Valley, Montana 
Photo by BJG

“Your own path you make with every step you take. That is why it is your own path”. ~ Joseph Campbell

Divide Road, dropping down in to Paradise Valley, Montana
Photo by BJG
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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela
Sandy Beach, Cohasset, MA 
May 2024 
Photo by BJG

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Sandy Beach, Cohasset, MA
May 2024
Photo by BJG
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“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive.” ~ Anais Nin
Magpie hitching a ride……
Mill Creek, Paradise Valley, Montana 
March 2024 
Photo by BJG

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive.” ~ Anais Nin

Magpie hitching a ride……
Mill Creek, Paradise Valley, Montana
March 2024
Photo by BJG
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“The heart is wiser than the intellect. ~ Josiah Gilbert Holland
Heart rock collection, Mountain Sanctuary, Paradise Valley, Montana 
Photo BJG

“The heart is wiser than the intellect. ~ Josiah Gilbert Holland

Heart rock collection, Mountain Sanctuary, Paradise Valley, Montana
Photo BJG
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“Happiness is when what you think what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~Mahatma Gandi
Yellowstone River, Paradise Valley, Montana 
Photo by BJG

“Happiness is when what you think what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~Mahatma Gandi

Yellowstone River, Paradise Valley, Montana
Photo by BJG
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Spring presents glorious opportunity to renew and reset….to spring forward….
Love the Spring Morning Moon….
Wishing everyone a beautiful Easter weekend.
Morning moon at Mountain Sanctuary 
March 2024
Photo BJG

Spring presents glorious opportunity to renew and reset….to spring forward….
Love the Spring Morning Moon….
Wishing everyone a beautiful Easter weekend.

Morning moon at Mountain Sanctuary
March 2024
Photo BJG
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“The beginning of wisdom is to dod away with fear.” ~ Yohannes Gebregeorgis
Leopard in the wild…..South Africa
Photo by BJG

“The beginning of wisdom is to dod away with fear.” ~ Yohannes Gebregeorgis

Leopard in the wild…..South Africa
Photo by BJG
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“The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it.” 
~ Epicurus
March morning view from Mountain Sanctuary
Paradise Valley, Montana 
Photo by BJG

“The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it.”
~ Epicurus

March morning view from Mountain Sanctuary
Paradise Valley, Montana
Photo by BJG
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“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” ~ Aristotle
May your heart be filled with awe…..
Gallatin Mountains, Paradise Valley, Montana 
Photo by BJG

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” ~ Aristotle

May your heart be filled with awe…..

Gallatin Mountains, Paradise Valley, Montana
Photo by BJG
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“Holding your heart space open allows for peace to enter”
Heart Rock at Mountain Sanctuary 
Photo by BJG

“Holding your heart space open allows for peace to enter”

Heart Rock at Mountain Sanctuary
Photo by BJG
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“Find Joy in the Ordinary"
Rocky Beach Cohasset, Massachusetts Sun and Waves 
February 2024 
Photo by BJG

“Find Joy in the Ordinary"
Rocky Beach Cohasset, Massachusetts Sun and Waves
February 2024
Photo by BJG
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