hurry never..

to live content with small means;

to seek elegance rather than luxury,

and refinement rather than fashion;

to be worthy, not respectable;

and wealthy, not rich;

to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly...

to listen to stars and buds, to babes and sages,

with open heart; await occassions, hurry never... this is my symphony.

-william henry channing

Deetjens Big Sur, California Photograph

Deetjens Big Sur, California Photograph

Deetjens Big Sur, California Photograph

Deetjens Big Sur, California Photograph

i stumbled upon this poem a few days ago, while making a collage with old magazines soon to be discarded. i have read it countless times throughout the week. it speaks volumes to me, each and every line. is there a better way to live other than to be content with small means?

tonight i began to ask myself where and when in my life have i felt a sense of being overwhelmingly content, when have i truly felt that it is ok to hurry never. of course it happens to all of us at many different times, but i wanted personal imagery to pair with this poem.. if nothing else, but to serve as my own reminder of the little things.

big sur was the response that came to me and specifically the photographs i took at deetjen's. i love its historical charm and understated elegance.. and the way this magical place allows you to just . slow . down. so, here's to listening to stars and buds and hurrying never..

[photographs taken at Deetjen's in Big Sur, California March 2009 and February 2010]

hang on big sur..

we first went to big sur last may and i declared it my favorite place..ever. we had another trip planned for last fall, but the campground cancelled at the last minute for mysterious reasons. i was crushed. we finally made it back a couple of weeks ago and i never wanted to leave.

i love this place.

i believe the fires started exactly one week later from a lightning strike and are still blazing. i am hoping that there are no other homes and buildings lost or trees burned.

ironically, the sun didn't come out much when we were there recently and my photographs reflect a different mood than the pictures from my first visit.

i love these photographs, however, as they say something about what i am feeling at this time. something i can't exactly put into words right now. it's as if big sur (this living place) was showing its calm, contemplative beauty before the fire.

it is my hope that these photographs bring a feeling of peace and inspiration to you, as well..