(Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah)
The Prophets and Messengers of God have been sent down for the sole purpose of guiding mankind to the straight Path of Truth.
Occasionally, the veils lift and one catches a tantalising glimpse of one's destination.
If you stick to the path with determination and self-discipline you do eventually reach your destination. But there you are, as far as you can go, at the tree beyond which there is no passing (at least if you observe the regulations for an environmentally sensitive area) and what can you see? Just a few metres in front of the veils. The essence of Pine Lake remains shrouded in mystery. Sometimes reality appears to be an extremely corny metaphor.
(Baha'u'llah, Gems of Divine Mysteries echoing the Quran)
The ground cover obviously has to handle snow and frost. It is no manicured garden but stunningly beautiful in its own way.
And a final different shot of the pencil pines. These are their leaves. As an adaption against the cold their leaves have wrapped around their stems so tightly they appear like maggots rather than foliage.