The man who has seen the rising moon break out of the clouds at midnight has been present like an archangel at the creation of light and of the world.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
— Henry David Thoreau
Those quotes and that picture made my day! The blue shadows on the mountainsides are particularly beautiful.
Thank you – you made my day!
I think I like Thoreau one hell of a lot better than I like Emerson, generally. When Thoreau was in jail for protesting the Mexican War Emerson came to see him. Through the bars, “What are you doing in there?” Thoreau shook his head and grinned. “What are you doing out there, Emerson?”
Nice work on the winter camp. Emerson and Thoreau both would have been in a quandry about the guards trying to run them off the government land, I reckons. Jack
Jack – thanks for the entertaining anecdote. As for government land… well, times are interesting now, aren’t they?
I vote for Thoreau too!!
So far… Thoreau it is! 🙂
I can feel the cold in this painting!! Well done!
I agree with CEK! The snowy night-captured!
This scene really touches my soul. Annie
Thank you Annie.
Outstanding, Trapper. I so enjoy seeing your work on display.
gpcox – thanks so much for the nice comment.
Lovely. . . The quote and picture work together perfectly.
Thank you, Sheryl.
Absolutely gorgeous work!
Thanks so much.
I like this, but oh so cold! The contrast in this is nice and I like finding the little person in the composition.
Thank you – I liked the idea of people discovering that little person, off in the distance.
Great quotes – and I love Old Jules’ little anecdote 🙂
A crisp and pristine winter night:)
I stumbled on your blog and browsed around: beautiful. An this scene particularly speaks to me. You have captured the magic of a winter night so well! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to follow you and see more of you work.
Thank you Flora, for such a nice comment. It’s much appreciated!
Reblogged this on Wilder Man On Rolling Creek and commented:
Trapper Gale’s paintings are beautiful, rugged, handsome, and detailed. His words that go with his art are good words. Enjoy. T
Thanks so much, I’ve been under the weather and am a bit behind, but I appreciate the reblog and nice comment.
I felt like I wanted to reblog this. I hope that is okay with you. This is a great piece. The quotes by Thoreau and Emerson are piercing. T
I’m honored by the reblog. Thanks for the great comment.
the second quote reminds me of my favorite odyssey, Into The Wild, the movie and the book.
Thanks. Into the Wild was an interesting tale. I’ve spent much of my life fascinated by the stories of mountain men and early western explorers. Amazing men of courage and strength of character.
Brrr, looks chilly. Thanks for the deer and little fire to warm it up! 🙂