It is one of the perils of our so-called civilized age that we do not yet acknowledge enough, or cherish enough, this connection between soul and landscape — between our own best possibilities, and the view from our own windows. We need the world as much as it needs us, and we need it in privacy, intimacy, and surety. We need the field from which the lark rises — bird that is more than itself, that is the voice of the universe: vigorous, godly joy. Without the physical world such hope is: hacked off. Is: dried up. Without wilderness no fish could leap and flash, no deer could bound soft as eternal waters over the field; no bird could open its wings and become buoyant, adventurous, valorous beyond even the plan of nature. Nor could we.
~ Mary Oliver, Home from Long Life: Essays and Other Writings
Credits: Photo - The Lilac Road
This is one of the finalists in Smithsonian.com’s 12th Annual Photo Contest. It was selected from over 26,500 entires by photographers from 93 different countries. This photo of a wave striking an elephant seal pup was taken by Anthony Smith on South Georgia Island in January, 2014. “Young elephant seals were sprawled all over the upper beaches in a remote sub-Antarctic region of the Atlantic, but for some reason this youngster had chose to lie down to rest right within the surf!” says Smith.
Don’t miss the other finalists here at Smithsonian.com: 12th Annual Photo Contest Finalists
So, you think you’ve have had a long week? Check out Mom and Dad Bald Eagles who are protecting two eggs while the snow falls and covers them. (Mom and dad will take turns sitting on the nest and usually it’s mom, while the dad hunts.)
See more unbelievable pictures and the story here: Grind TV – As snow builds, bald eagle parents endure
Caleb has been retained to be the celebrity in Ralph Lauren’s 2015 Spring/Summer Collection. You’ll be seeing Caleb and his girls on the fashion runways in Paris, London and New York City this Spring.
- See fashionweekdaily.com for background on Ralph Lauren’s 2015 Collection.
- Background on Caleb/Wednesday/Hump Day Posts and Geico’s original commercial: Let’s Hit it Again