Grandfather Mountain 2016 08 – Grandfather Mountain State Park, Banner Elk, North Carolina, October 17, 2016

Everything is a symbol of transcendence and transformation.

It only takes seeing how the thing you are looking at

is like you and/or your life.

Thou Art That

in terms of our identity with the divine and sublime–

and in terms of our identity with the profane and mundane.

The line between transcendent and imminent

is so thin it is non-existent,

and hinges entirely on how we see what we look at.

How we see what we look at

is the key that opens the door

to the life we live.

"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing."  - Helen Keller

A collection of pictures from a recent backpacking trip at grandfather mountain in NC

nathan farber photography

Around Price Lake 2016 08 Panorama – Grandfather Mountain, Julian Price Memorial Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina, October 17, 2016

Readiness for realization is the requirement for realization.

Asking, seeking and knocking–

and to go on asking, seeking and knocking–

have been long recognized

as reflecting the needed disposition

for seeing, hearing and understanding.

We do not order up revelation, insight, enlightenment.

We recognize our paucity in these things

and wait in the darkness for the light–

mindfully, compassionately, aware

of our need and of the wholeness–

the allness–

of our life situation,

and looking at everything as a vehicle

of illumination and awakening,

asking of each thing,

“What does this have to say to me of truth and discernment?”

Always bearing in mind two aphorisms of Joseph Campbell:

“Where you stumble and fall, there lies the treasure.”

“The cave you most don’t want to enter contains the treasure you seek.”


Foggy Morning on Grandfather Mountain, Blue Ridge mountains, North Carolina

I'm in Fraser's Ridge Country!

Hello all! I’m spending six days in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains within 10 miles of Frasers Ridge! I want to share a few wee pictures with ye. Now, if ye haven’t read all the Outlander books, please know that I’m referring to some of the later stories Herself wrote.

Here is a view Jamie and Ian might have enjoyed from the peaks above Fraser’s Ridge. I’m looking west from Grandfather Mountain. This area is a scenic travel attraction and an International Biosphere Reserve.

There is a very diverse ecosystem in these mountains including Frasers Pine and rhododendron.

Claire might have picked these plants for her surgery.

I love all of the interesting rock formations…perfect for hiding treasure, ye ken?

This is MacRae Meadows at the base of Grandfather Mountain where the modern day Highland Games are held. Again, Herself has written that this area is smack in the middle of Frasers Ridge country…within 10 miles!

I’m standing one mile high up, facing East towards the Atlantic Ocean, on Grandfather Mountain. It is the possible site of the Gathering held at Mt. Helicon in The Fiery Cross.  Now, it is the site of annual Grandfather Mountain Games including the “Calling of the Clans.”

Finally, this is the Mile High Swinging Bridge, built in 1952, at Grandfather Mountain. It is the highest suspension foot bridge in the Americas! I stood on it to take the east and west facing photos. I can tell ye, it sways!

Hope ye all are enjoying your holidays!

The deeply grateful,

Outlander Anatomist