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No Turning Back

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Study/Stairs of Firenze – D. Moorezart, c 2017

“How do you move on? You move on when your heart finally understands that there is no turning back.”

– J.R.R. Tolkein


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By Midnight

Venetian Midnight - variations on Italian postcards, D. Moorezart
Venetian Midnight – variations on Italian postcards, D. Moorezart

 


“Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find ”tomorrow” on the calendars of fools. Forget yesterday’s defeats and ignore the problems of tomorrow. This is it. Doomsday. All you have. Make it the best day of your year. The saddest words you can ever utter are, ”If I had my life to live over again. ”Take the baton, now. Run with it! This is your day!

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet, friend or foe, loved one or stranger, as if they were going to be dead at midnight. Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”

Og Mandino

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Suffering is Optional

Buddha Thoughts, copyright 2017, all rights reserved, Douglas Moorezart

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“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

–Buddha

 

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Daily Illuminations

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Daily Illuminations – painting, Douglas Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved

“What is the meaning of life? That was all- a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one.”

― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
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“in those darkest hours, we must light our individual candles rather than…”

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“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out” – Collier, photograph by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

“in those darkest hours, we must light our individual candles rather than vying with others to call attention to the enveloping darkness. Our indignation about injustice should lead to illumination”

“Men’s and nations’ finest hour consist of those moments when extraordinary challenge is met by extraordinary response. Hence in those darkest hours, we must light our individual candles rather than vying with others to call attention to the enveloping darkness. Our indignation about injustice should lead to illumination, for if it does not, we are only adding to the despair-and the moment of gravest danger is when there is so little light that darkness seems normal!”

— Neal A. Maxwell


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“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

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Snowy Path – Douglas Moorezart, c 2017 all rights reserved

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America


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“I don’t enjoy surprises that compel me to renegotiate my relationship with the past.”

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Resistance is Futile – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

“I don’t enjoy surprises that compel me to renegotiate my relationship with the past.”

― Adib Khan, Spiral Road

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“it can start with just the tiniest quiet moment.”

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Quiet Moments – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

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“All of our great traditions, religious, contemplative and artistic, say that you must a learn how to be alone – and have a relationship with silence. It is difficult, but it can start with just the tiniest quiet moment.”

— David Whyte

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“The Wrong shall fail, the Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men!”

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The Christmas Bridge (a painting, PRINTS Here) – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

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“The Wrong shall fail,
the Right prevail,
With peace on earth,
good-will to men!”

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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“In still moments by the sea…we can see into ourselves.”

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The Path Down- Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

“In still moments by the sea life seems large-drawn and simple. It is there we can see into ourselves.”

― Rolf Edberg

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“Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are…”

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Glimpse – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

“Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories.”

― Zadie Smith, White Teeth

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“What is the meaning of life? That was all- a simple question”

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Pigeon Point Lighthouse – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

“What is the meaning of life? That was all-a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one.”

― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse


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“Take care of all your memories”

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Beneath the Wisteria – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

“Take care of all your memories.
For you cannot relive them”

— Bob Dylan



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“it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed”

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Autumn Afternoon – D. Moorezart, c 2016, all rights reserved

“But when fall comes, kicking summer out … it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”

― Stephen King, Salem’s Lot

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“the two most beautiful words in the English language”

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“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

Henry James


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“a world where there are Octobers”

 

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Through The Island Forest by Douglas MooreZart – copyright 2016, all rights reserved. Original Fine Art Prints By Douglas MooreZart

 


“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


In the mountains of southern California there is a lake with an island in its midst. Outside this island a majority of trees were consumed in a forest fire in 2003 (The infamous Cedar Fire).   Many of the trees had stood 200-300 or more years. But on the lake’s island you can still walk through a landscape of beautiful ancient oak and pine trees. On a fall day, as I walked the island’s edges, I came upon this spot-  a still standing glorious ancient survivor.  Autumn perfection – Fall color surrounds, the air is crisp and clear, migratory birds call above and the sun rests on the horizon.

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220 Years of Respite

Who'll Walk Me Down to Church When I'm 60 Years of Age - D. Moorezart, copyright 2015
220 Years of Respite – D. Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

On my travels along the California coast this year I retreated from the 100 degree heat and the endless, unrelenting freeways into this otherworldly house of worship – the San Luis Rey Mission in Oceanside, California.

Here it is cool and still and with one step past the threshold the outside world simply ceases to exist. Here time stands still and the rarefied ambiance of 220 years takes over my being. One lone man sits in midday prayer before me.

Some time later, my being in balance, I depart through the church doors and, as I do, I recall the opening lyrics of the Elton John song “60 Years On”.

Who’ll walk me down to church when I’m sixty years of age
When the ragged dog they gave me has been ten years in the grave
And señorita plays guitar, plays it just for you
My rosary has broken and my beads have all slipped through.

— Bernie Taupin

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“We need hope, the sense of a future”

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Blue Hope – Douglas Moorezart, c 2016, all rights reserved

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“To live on a day-to-day basis is insufficient for human beings;

we need to transcend, transport, escape; we need meaning,

understanding, and explanation; we need to see over-all patterns

in our lives. We need hope, the sense of a future. And we need

freedom (or, at least, the illusion of freedom) to get beyond ourselves,

whether with telescopes and microscopes and our ever-burgeoning

technology, or in states of mind that allow us to travel to other worlds,

to rise above our immediate surroundings.”

— Oliver Sacks

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“The sea answers all questions”

 

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Seaside –  Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

“The sea answers all questions…

…and always in the same way; for when you read in the papers
the interminable discussions and the bickering and the
prognostications and the turmoil, the disagreements and the
fateful decisions and agreements and the plans and the
programs and the threats and the counter threats, then you
close your eyes and the sea dispatches one more big roller
in the unbroken line since the beginning of the world and it
combs and breaks and returns foaming and saying:
“So soon?”
— E. B. White, “On A Florida Key”

 

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“you only get so many days on the planet”

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Pacific Crest Sunrise – Douglas Moorezart, c 2016, all right reserved

 

“You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day, and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn’t waste either.”

―Galen Rowel

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Mind You

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Mindful – D. Moorezart, c 2016, all rights reserved

“If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.”

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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No Yesterdays

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No Yesterdays – D. Moorezart, c 2016, all rights reserved

 

“When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.”

– William Least Heat Moon

 

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“A dreamer is one who”

Moonlit Night, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2015, http://fineartamerica.com/featured/moonlit-night-douglas-moorezart.html
Moonlit Night – D. Moorezart, c 2016, all rights reserved

 

“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
— Oscar Wilde
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The Imitation Quotient

 

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Imitation Quotient – D. Moorezart, c 2016, all rights reserved

 

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.”

– Oscar Wilde


“At first, art imitates life. Then life will imitate art.Then life will find its very existence from the arts.”

— Fyodor Dostoevsky

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“There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when…”

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The Last Pear – Oil – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

“There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

On my morning walk
I found this last lonely
perfect pair,
unreachable by deer,
unscathed by birds,
unappreciated by walkers-by.
And so it’s victory
earned this study.
– Douglas

 

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“We all carry, inside us, people who came before us.”

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Ancestor – Douglas Moorezart, c 2016, all rights reserved

“We all carry, inside us, people who came before us.”

― David Mitchell, The Cloud Atlas

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“wild, free, spontaneous”

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Poppies Nocturne Study – D. Moorezart, c 2016, all rights reserved

For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant! “

~Edward Abbey

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“Never mind searching for the person you are…”

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Aspirations – Douglas Moorezart, c 2016, all rights reserved

“Never mind searching for who you are. Search for the person you aspire to be.”

~Robert Brault

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Still Life to Go

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Still Life to Go – D. Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

 

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After the Tourists are Gone

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After the Tourists are Gone – D. Moorezart, c 2016

“Once you have traveled…the mind can never break off from the journey.”

― Pat Conroy

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No. 16 – Wish You Were Here

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No. 16 – Wish You Were Here – D. Moorezart, copyright 2015

Good retro morning to all from somewhere in Los Angeles, California!

Photo Dedicated to Ms. W. on the East Coast!

“Photographers can say millions of words. But their Photography will always tell the truth about them.”

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“Photographers can say millions of words. But their Photography will always tell the truth about them.”

— Steeven Shaw, photographer, Mauritian


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“my best pictures are not a result of a “decisive moment,” they are done in a “moment of trust” “

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“The art of posing the photograph is different from that of taking things as they are. I think my best pictures are not a result of a “decisive moment,” they are done in a “moment of trust”.”

“No picture of mine was staged or posed by myself. Sometimes people spontaneously posed for me and I simply took the picture, which they offered.”

Marketa Luskacova, Czech, photographer


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“it is quite unimportant whether photography produces ‘art’ or not. Its own basic laws…”

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“It cannot be too plainly stated that it is quite unimportant whether photography produces ‘art’ or not. Its own basic laws, not the opinions of art critics, will provide the only valid measure of its future worth.”

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Hungarian, photographer, painter


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