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A hidden gem in America’s Pacific Northwest is the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon. Called an amazing treasure, Cascade-Siskiyou covers more than 62,000 acres and is best known for the unique landscapes created by the convergence of species from the high deserts of the Northern Great Basin to the temperate rain forests of the Pacific Coast. 

As BLM photographer Bob Wick said: “This area is a botanist’s dream where the Cascade, Great Basin and Coast Range-Klamath ecosystems come together. You can turn a corner and go from walking through a dense mossy red fir forest to sagebrush and mountain mahogany in a few feet.”

Pictured here are some of the stunning views from the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, including the sun, full moon, Mount Shasta and Pilot Rock, all captured May 3, 2015. Photos by Bob Wick, mypubliclands.

Si Matahari Pagi

Menurutmu, apa yang diajarkan matahari di pagi hari?
Dia rajin, pagi-pagi sudah terbit, padahal masih pagi. Malas, baginya sama saja melawan Tuhannya. Andai matahari malas terbit, apa jadinya?
Dia disiplin, terbitnya selalu tepat waktu. Terlambat, baginya sama saja berkhianat pada semesta. Andai matahari lalai dan tidak disiplin, apa jadinya?
Bagaimana kamu, adakah terinspirasi dengan rajin dan disiplin matahari di pagi hari?

Setiap pagi, matahari selalu menebar salam dan senyuman. Beruntunglah orang yang menjawab salam dan berjabat tangan dengannya. Sebab kata nabi, pada waktu pagi itu ada keberkahan.