When? (5 IMAGES)

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When will it be learned
lying bites and burns?
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When will it be known
violence makes one’s spirit moan?
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When will it be seen
hatred is vile to even be?
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When will it get through
to willfully hurt another hurts you.
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Photography/ “When?” 2015©AmyRose
@www.herladypinkrose.wordpress.com

Photographs taken at Chestnut Ridge County Park, NY
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The above photo was a very difficult one to take in my attempt to show you the sheer cliffs that are in Chestnut Ridge County Park.  I could not bring into the right perspective the immensity of this cliff, nor how vertical it is because where I was standing to shoot was from the wrong height and the wrong angle.  Not only that, I struggled in vain to get a clear shot.  But nonetheless, oh did I try to do my best.

Why?  Because it is for THIS reason why some people are convinced Chestnut Ridge County Park is dangerous … the ravines and cliffs.  Some trails are not for amateurs and every year people get hurt because of inexperience or a blatant disrespect for this park.  In this photo you will see a rope tied to a tree from where it is literally hanging almost straight down.  This rope was not there the other day, which meant hikers prior to this rope being there had to hang on to trees and roots in order to get up or down this sheer cliff.  And yes this is a trail for if you look closely you will see a yellow sign on a tree (to the right of the rope) indicating with an arrow which way the path goes …. UP!

Either one of two things occurred.  Someone may have gotten seriously hurt or perhaps killed in a fall at this exact sight, or a hiker tied this rope to a tree and left it behind for others to use who come after he.  I do not know how to even get on this trail, nor do I want to know for it is one trail I will not be hiking on.  Oh believe me, I am far from stupid unlike some who carelessly think they are bigger then the cliffs and ravines found in this beautiful yet rugged park.

Now perhaps those of you who were a bit perplexed as to WHY this park should be dangerous as stated in the comments section of my previous post, now you have a better understanding.  Some people are so wrapped around fear that the moment they hear the words, “killed or hurt” they don’t even hear anything else. Their imagination takes off at a gallop and before you know it, they both think and say DANGER, not really even knowing the Truth.  I know this is not the best photograph but due to my limitations, this is the best I could produce for you.  For those of you who didn’t see the post I am referring to here is the link if you would like to read it.

In closing, I do believe it is time I get out my Canon so I can bring better quality photographs to you.  The depth, the richness, the saturation, the dimensions that I can achieve with my Canon, I am not able to with my Samsung phone.  Now I prepare myself to have a backpack on my back with just one lens attached to my camera body.  I am confident I can do that.
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Photography ©AmyRose@www.herladypinkrose.wordpress.com

78 thoughts on “When? (5 IMAGES)

  1. “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” We live in a throw-away generation. I think of my little granny who never threw any useful (and some things not so useful) away. The land is weeping. And people tend to throw other people to the curb. Alas.

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    1. Your words left me with my mouth wide open. Tough day for me today, Susan. It is my Dad’s birthday. The land is weeping, and because of my emotional status, I “felt” it and so this post. (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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  2. This park is a beautiful place to walk, enjoy and photograph Amy. I’m happy, that you are not so easy to scare 😀
    No matter where we choose to walk and hike, it is needed to show attention not to get damaged. Here we have big rocks and many places straight down, why it is demanded not to walk there in darkness, which some people don’t listen to.
    Wish you a wonderful trip with your Canon and I’m looking forward to see your results.
    Much love ❤ Irene

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    1. Wisdom, knowing our limitations, and common sense all must be under our belt on rough terrain trails. No I am not easy to scare, but I do know when to say no. Yes I am brave and yes I have pushed beyond what I deemed my limitations, only to discover I can do what I thought I could not. BUT!!! Climbing up or down something as steep as what I showed here? No. Out of the question for me.
      As for my Canon, I am pretty confident that by starting off with just the camera body and one lens (6 pounds + backpack) I can start taking pictures. I’ve begun to miss the results I can get with my Canon so that to me is a sign to again start using it. *sigh* It’s been a nice vacation carrying around a camera that weighs next to nothing. 🙂 (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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    1. The area I showed there is no other way to get up that ravine. That ravine continues for a long while and only gets higher. You have to know your limitations when hiking in this park. Unfortunately, many trails are not even marked with a sign, nor are they rated according to difficulty. Yes the path itself is marked if you know what you are looking for. Try finding maps! Good luck! There are general maps at certain locations within the park and tiny maps as well, but I would like one of those maps that fold like an accordion … remember those, John? I do!! 🙂 Love, Amy ❤

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  3. Crazies I tell you, crazies!! Mountain climbing has often made me wonder. When I go to Yosemite and see those rock climbers that look like ANTS up there hanging from ropes, I wonder what drives them to do such a thing? Obviously they don’t have fear or if they do it’s smaller than the emotion which drives them to climb. For me? I’ll stay with you taking pictures of it all! lol

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    1. Laura, on one of my walks I saw a couple sliding down an decline that was just about as steep as the one I showed in this post. They were sliding down on their butts, grabbing at roots and trees. It looked to me the girl who was about half way down, was just sitting there, terrified and crying. The man also looked distressed. Stupid? I stood there with my Heart in my throat and then I just could not watch any more. I kept on walking. Why people do these things is totally beyond me and this was NOT a trail! This is how people end up hurt or dead. For real. I stick with my camera, thank you very much!! ❤

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      1. Geez! That would be awful to see. 😦 A friend of Dave’s climbed Mt. Everest and he was one of the few to do it without supplemental oxygen! When I first met him I kept asking him WHY he would do such a thing. I could really never understand why to tell you the truth. He was just driven to do it. Yeah I’ll stick with the camera lol.

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    1. Oh don’t I know, my friend! I don’t think anyone has the answers. Today has been a challenging day for me, beginning last evening. So hence, I “felt” the heaviness of this world and these words are a result. Not too appropriate for the “ho ho ho” season, but there you have it. I follow my Heart! (((HUGS))) Amy ,3

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    1. I am with you on both parts of your comment. Yes, sooner then later … but I am not going to hold my breath and yes this park is a challenge. I think this is why it just keeps pulling at me. It’s wild, it’s untamed, and I LOVE it that way! As do many others take my word for it! I am seeing more and more people here and ALL without using cellphones. How cool is that??? 🙂 😉 Love, Amy ❤

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      1. YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!! The fascination with the cellphone is perhaps ceasing??? Ya think? I shout with JOY knowing people are talking to one another again and not only that, being ONE with Mother!!! There is HOPE, Van!! There really is!!! ❤

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  4. It’s almost a bit funny looking at these lovely images and then reading the verse you matched them with so it definitely brings home the contradiction in the idea that people find this park dangerous. Well, despite perhaps not being able to show us the depths on some of these trails, you’re pictures are very much appreciated as always. Hope you are having a great day!

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    1. There is so much beauty in this park, even in the pictures of starkness and “death” I have shown here in this post. The danger in this park comes when people do not have the respect they need to have when they go on some of the off road trails. I was not able to really convey how steep that incline was nor was I able to portray that there was an entire ravine between where I stood and where that cliff was. Distance in photography is very tricky …. the angle and height and LIGHT are SO important to get it right!! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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  5. These images are beautiful!! Love how you took the photos of trees! Looking forward to see more of your Canon shots! 🙂
    I do a lot of trail walks, but I don’t go through the spot that I’m not comfortable with…

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    1. Thank you, Amy!!! I too am very aware of where to walk and where not to walk when on trails. We all must know our limitations. I look forward to my Canon shots as well. I am really beginning to miss her, even though carrying her for miles is going to be quite the challenge. I’m starting out with only camera body and my 17-55mm lens (6 pounds) plus my backpack to carry it in … probably about 2 pounds. Yes, I CAN do this!!! I will work up to carrying my multiple lenses over time …. 🙂 Love, Amy ❤

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      1. Aw, Ame, thank you for caring. Over the summer I actually had my full gear on my back, including my tripod. I honestly don’t know if I want to do this again. I know I won’t walking 7 miles, that is for sure!

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  6. Amazing pictures, Amy. I thought you captured well how vertical the park is in areas. When you mentioned about that couple sliding and holding onto branches and roots it did make me wonder WHY people do that. HUGS ❤

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    1. For the thrill … for the adrenalin rush … just crazy to take things that far though. I’m glad you enjoyed my images. I’m falling more deeply in Love with this forest every single time I go! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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    1. I wish I had some answers as well, Dan! I don’t think anyone does. Heaviness began to descend last evening and so I “felt” the world, and thus these words were birthed. Today is my Dad’s birthday. Tough day for me. Love, Amy ❤

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  7. You have to respect mother nature, you have to dress appropriately, and you have to carry things with you that you might need. I’ve hiked in the mountain for years, I know the dangers, I know my strengths and limitations, and I travel carefully within those guideposts. I have seen folks go out on a stretcher and get plucked off the high ground by helicopter who were not as thoughtful…There is a vast beautiful world out there to enjoy.

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    1. Yes, Charlie, I agree there is a vast beautiful world to explore yet we must know our limitations. I’ve pushed beyond mine at times and overcame fear that later I applauded myself for! But what I showed here with the rope, no that is far beyond what even this “daredevil” will do. I’ve worked long and hard to stay walking and gain my health back and I am not about to be stupid by going where I could get killed. There is one trail (The Boy Scout Trail) that I do plan on going on. First I must be strong enough. Second I require a good pair of hiking shoes that support my ankles. Those treks are rough terrain and I am not about to twist an ankle and break it. I’ve seen people actually running on this trail, and my hat is off to them! There are also passages that yes are steep and possibly dangerous, but again something I consider within my capabilities. I’ve done that trail before and compared to today, I believe I am actually stronger. So … wisdom is needed and KNOWING when to say no. (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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  8. I like that you took these photograph and share. Many cannot leave their eork, home, nursing home or hospital. I imagine these photos in a book. The questions are do important. We need to figure some of these out or all will be lost, Amy. ☆ You are a blessing sending Light out into the world. ☆ Hugs, Robin

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    1. Dearest friend, you say the most incredible things. You speak so much Truth and you are so right if we don’t soon begin to really question and to answer and then to act upon that change which our answer represents, our world will not make it. I am that I am and you are a shiny mirror of me. BIG (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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      1. I know you probably gathered when I was listing places where people are “shut in” or unable to see these dangerous and beautiful views of nature, that it is a blessing for you have risked your own self to take the photos, Amy. Thank you for understanding what my intention was and realizing how much it meant to me. Natalie (Scarsberry~ Sacred Touch)wrote a post about how we sometimes don’t realize the impact we make on others, I thought of you. ♡♡

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      2. Oh, Robin!!! What do I say to you in order to thank you appropriately? There are days I get so discouraged feedling as though the little that I am doing is just not enough. Bless you for your feedback and for your encouragement. Both assist me to keep going no matter how tired I get or how discouraged I get. I do LOVE you!! ❤

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  9. What another wonderful place, and important lesson you have given us Amy. This lovely place has gotten a bad rap through the use of scary words and people stay away due to the power of words.
    Like this place, humans use fear and words to guide them instead of holding out their hands to the ones who are different than them,and allowing their hearts to be filled with joy and warmth from learning the differences.
    Have a wonderful week end Amy and hugs your way sweet friend.

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    1. Bless you, Ruth, for really understanding how powerful our thoughts and words are. Thank goodness many people frequent this park, and in fact, I’ve seen more and more come of late. So, many do know the “truth” of the matter! I walk in JOY and Love and shall do so wherever I go. You have a wonderful week as well. Today I walk with hubby. It is such a warm and sunny day here … Oh wow, this is NOT going to last so we are enjoying it while it does! 🙂 ❤ Love, Amy ❤

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  10. You could always rent a camel… Don’t talk to them though. They like to spit at you! They’re filthy and disgusting animals! They should have just made a teather, from the topon one tree at the bottom of the hill, to the bottom of a tree at the top of the hill, and use those wheel things with the two handles, and just ride across. All you need then, is a permanent ladder attached to the tree :O)

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  11. Wonderful photo’s Amy… and yes I can see how far down that ridge is.. Nature is always to be respected and not to do so is at our own peril.. She can be as gentle and kind as a summer breeze then change in an instant to a raging gale..
    I will save your link post to when I get there.. as I so enjoy my block catch ups here Amy.. and already I am in ore of your delightful offerings as the Woodland as you know is one of my favourite haunts..

    Love and Blessings Sue ❤

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    1. That is the very thing with trails. I must pay attention to where I am walking …. and like you I get distracted. I tend to look up and out, not down. I’ll know when I am ready. For now, I go on the paved roads …. so I don’t twist an ankel or worse. 🙂 (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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