"By God! This people have never been, nor are they now, inclined to mischief. Their hearts are illumined with the light of the fear of God, and adorned with the adornment of His love. Their concern hath ever been and now is for the betterment of the world. Their purpose is to obliterate differences, and quench the flame of hatred and enmity, so that the whole earth may come to be viewed as one country." Baha'u'llah
One can view the earth as one country in a dark room with one's eyes closed but there's something about being in a high place and looking down at the world below and seeing the town, villages, and houses just as near identical dots below that tends to make pride in ones locality seem rather ridiculous. So it was during our trip to Pine Lake where both at the scenic viewpoint on the Lake Highway near the top of the tiers and later at the Poatina Adit (or headrace) we took the opportunity of gazing over the plains of the Northern Midlands. One of us was moved to remember dreams they had had of such views long before.
"Consider thy state when asleep. Verily, I say, this phenomenon is the most mysterious of the signs of God amongst men, were they to ponder it in their hearts. Behold how the thing which thou hast seen in thy dream is, after a considerable lapse of time, fully realized." Baha'u'llah
It was a small but cheerful group that set out for Pine Lake. As one of us had never been up to the plateaux before we made a day of it taking in not only Pine Lake but going on round the Great Lake, stopping for coffee in Miena, coming back via the camp site on Arthur's Lake, checking out the damage done by the still smouldering bush fire that closed the road the previous week, taking in the aforementioned Poatina Adit, and stopping in Poatina itself to walk their labyrinth.
A lot of talking naturally keeping up our spirits with light chat about death, decrepitude, and the art of surviving dysfunctional families. But mostly it was admiring the brief flowering of the wilderness.
".... not a single atom in the entire universe can be found which doth not declare the evidences of His might, which doth not glorify His holy Name, or is not expressive of the effulgent light of His unity. So perfect and comprehensive is His creation that no mind nor heart, however keen or pure, can ever grasp the nature of the most insignificant of His creatures; much less fathom the mystery of Him Who is the Day Star of Truth, Who is the invisible and unknowable Essence." Baha'u'llah
Here's the pictures:
First the magnificent Pencil Pines from which the Lake gets its name. Small, often twisted and half dead trees growing well above the tree line for any other species, their leaves wrapped tightly round each other to protect themselves from frost, slow growing and up to a thousand years old these are the true survivors, making surviving a dysfunctional family look trivial.