Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Cotopaxi, pt 2 and a little poetry

Just thought I'd share a few more pictures from our trip to Cotopaxi...

Doesn't this kind of look like the moon?


Here is a lake that was up there and the other mountain is called Ruminahui
Here is a view looking back down as we were climbing part of Cotopaxi. It was really interesting looking up there, especially far above the tree line. It was kind of wasteland like but had a beauty all of its own.
I guess on several different posts I have put up pictures of natural beauty. Beauty in nature is something that I've always admired. I guess growing up in the country/small town had something to do with this. As I've said before, the complexity and beauty in nature brings an awareness of the Creator and how much greater He is than His own creation. Sometimes, it makes us aware of how small we are and how great God is. The following is a favorite poem of mine, especially a spring time favorite (sorry it's summer now!) It just speaks about an appreciation of nature with a seize the day attitude.
Loveliest of Trees-A.E. Housman
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide

Now, of my threescore years and ten (70)
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score (20)
It only leaves me with fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodland I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.

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