Rocky Run

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins; not through strength, but through perseverance.”

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This is my second time hiking Rocky Run. The first time was over thirty years ago, and the second hike I accompanied DirtMan.

This is my second time hiking Rocky Run. The first time was over thirty years ago, and the second hike I accompanied DirtMan.

Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it. ~Lao Tzu

Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it. ~Lao Tzu

Massies Mill, Virginia; Rocky Run is spring fed between the Little Priest and The Priest.

Massies Mill, Virginia; Rocky Run is spring fed between the Little Priest and The Priest.

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” ~ Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” ~ Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light. ~Norman B. Rice

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light. ~Norman B. Rice

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“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ~John Muir

We all flow from one fountain Soul. All are expressions of one Love. God does not appear, and flow out, only from narrow chinks and round bored wells here and there in favored races and places, but He flows in grand undivided currents, shoreless and boundless over creeds and forms and all kinds of civilizations and peoples and beasts, saturating all and fountainizing all. - June 9, 1872 letter to Miss Catharine Merrill, from New Sentinel Hotel, Yosemite Valley, in Badè's Life and Letters of John Muir.

We all flow from one fountain Soul. All are expressions of one Love. God does not appear, and flow out, only from narrow chinks and round bored wells here and there in favored races and places, but He flows in grand undivided currents, shoreless and boundless over creeds and forms and all kinds of civilizations and peoples and beasts, saturating all and fountainizing all. – June 9, 1872 letter to Miss Catharine Merrill, from New Sentinel Hotel, Yosemite Valley, in Badè’s Life and Letters of John Muir.

24 thoughts on “Rocky Run

  1. I dearly love Margaret Atwood’s quote — we often forget we’re comprised of so much water. Perhaps that’s why water soothes us in a way that nothing else can!

    Suzi, you’ve got some beautiful photos here. I can almost imagine hiking this trail myself (though I’m not entirely sure I’d like reaching my hand in and finding that thing with the legs on the shell, ha!

    • That is a great quote.
      Ha, I didn’t reach my hand in there and grab him…he was on the rock! Though I do admit to reaching in and grabbing a crayfish a time or two in the past!

  2. I can only repeat what others have said – beautiful photos! Your post makes me think of the many ways in which water wins – only this morning reading about the mudslides and flooding in Southern California – water having its way with us. And yet, it can be the most soul-soothing thing in the world, sitting by a stream or walking the ocean beaches with the lapping of the waves on the shore.

  3. ” Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”

    OMG, amazing quote, Suzi!

    These photographs are stunning because you really captured the ‘energy’ of the place. I could actually FEEL it. And the shot of the snail and the centipede is stellar. BRAVA!

    Thanks for sharing, my friend. Thoroughly enjoyed!
    X

  4. Lovely!
    I am reminded of the story of a dear old lady who always had a good word to say about everyone. The church minister said he was sure she would have something positive to say about the Devil himself.
    She thought for a second, and came bakc with, ‘Well, he’s awful persistent!’

  5. What an exquisitely beautiful place….. your photos reflect so beautifully. I’m at the NH river where I grew up… another river with lush green mosses and gentle flow of water and moist air….ahhhhh…..beauty

    • No, not slippery except going down the slope to the water. A few rocks in the water were slippery but not as bad as some of the algae rocks in most rivers. It was wet in the woods because there had been a shower the night before and tree coverage doesn’t allow a lot of sun in,

  6. This looks so beautiful and peaceful – I enjoy mountain streams (much more than the beach, probably because I don’t like sand.) Is that a centipede on the snail’s shell? Ew!

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