Douglas H. Wheelock

@Astro_Wheels

Test Pilot; NASA Astronaut: STS-120 & ISS-25; Space Station Commander; Aspiring Poet; Inspired by quiet moments, kindness and the power of the spoken word.

Back in Houston now, but wanted to share this photo from my visit to the Autumn wonderland in my hometown in New York this past week.  This is where I would play as a child, where I learned to fish, and the pond where I played hockey and ‘Fox & Geese’ on the ice in the winter.  

This is one of my favorite spots on the planet.  I tried to find it from space to get a picture, but was not successful.  Such a peaceful place, especially in the morning…especially during this glorious season of the year.  I took this photo and then stood here for several minutes breathing in the beautiful dawn.  Reminded me of the poem ‘The Salutation of the Dawn’, every tomorrow a vision of hope... 

Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn! 
Look to this Day! 
For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
In its brief course lie all the 
Verities and Realities of your Existence.
The Bliss of Growth, 
The Glory of Action, 
The Splendor of Beauty; 
For Yesterday is but a Dream, 
And Tomorrow is only a Vision; 
But Today well lived makes 
Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness, 
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day! 
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!

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1746 days ago

Back in Houston now, but wanted to share this photo from my visit to the Autumn wonderland in my hometown in New York this past week. This is where I would play as a child, where I learned to fish, and the pond where I played hockey and ‘Fox & Geese’ on the ice in the winter.

This is one of my favorite spots on the planet. I tried to find it from space to get a picture, but was not successful. Such a peaceful place, especially in the morning…especially during this glorious season of the year. I took this photo and then stood here for several minutes breathing in the beautiful dawn. Reminded me of the poem ‘The Salutation of the Dawn’, every tomorrow a vision of hope...

Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!
Look to this Day!
For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
In its brief course lie all the
Verities and Realities of your Existence.
The Bliss of Growth,
The Glory of Action,
The Splendor of Beauty;
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And Tomorrow is only a Vision;
But Today well lived makes
Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!

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Stelygs 1743 days ago

Ohhh! ...the incitations of the Dawn must have an extra persuasive power in such enchanted lands ... maybe here lies the secret origin of an Astro-Poet's inspiration :) THX!

Kikucchi 1744 days ago

hear! hear! live to the fullest one day at a time...:-)) thanks!

AnaMSanPer 1745 days ago

Cada puesta de sol trae un nuevo amanecer.

Daniel_Craig 1745 days ago

I like the colors. ;-)

canarchaudry 1745 days ago

It is the beauty of nature and the serenity that draws us back to the reality of life. beautiful photo and poem!... thks Astro Wheels:)

albakutschker 1745 days ago

A beautiful poem for a beautiful picture, thank you.

ko2ri 1745 days ago

what a wonderful playground! :))

gordon34 1745 days ago

beautiful thanks for sharing

umiyuki2010 1745 days ago

Thanx 4 sharing Astro_Wheels. It's simply beautiful..the kind of place I want for escapade. look at those colors :)

scienceesl 1745 days ago

beautiful!

STfangirl 1746 days ago

:-) Wonderful... This place is much more beautiful than the other one in the previous pic.

Geshiela 1746 days ago

Thanks for sharing the photo! and as always, my poet Cdr, thanks for the poem..

SophalMiracle 1746 days ago

C Earthly nature thru the Ur Eye is like we got Einstein 2cherish on our dish the Autumn bliss!

nyc3rdgenirish 1746 days ago

Agree about autumn, Doug - it's the best. A lovely photo of a beautiful spot. You are a poet!!

eugeniafessia 1746 days ago

Your favorite spot in the planet is an extraordinary colorful autumm landscape!!!Breathtaking indeed!! tks 4 sharing with all of us!!

sandarwai 1746 days ago

How beautiful autumn landscape!,,,,,,,,,,,,,That beautiful poem! ,thanks