(Russian Ridge Open Space, San Mateo County, CA)

“Here she stopped and, closing her eyes,
took a deep breath of the flower-scented air
of the broad expanse around her.
It was dearer to her than her kin,
better than a lover,
wiser than a book.
And for a moment she rediscovered
the purpose of her life.
She was here on earth
to absorb its wild enchantment.”

Boris Pasternak, Dr. Zhivago

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