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    Ordinary time.

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    I've been a recovering catholic for longer than I was a practicing catholic. &nbsp;And by 'practicing' I mean 'G<i>oing along with the ruse to delay another caning at the hands of Sister Ralph</i>'. &nbsp;</div>
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    I've largely moved on from something I didn't really believe in. &nbsp;But just because you don't believe in something does NOT mean that the devout did not leave a mark on you.</div>
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    WTH am I on about?</div>
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    Occasionally some little nuance of that sect will rear it's oddly shorn head and stop me in my tracks. &nbsp;Best I can recollect, to a catholic 'ordinary time' means one of those times of year when they aren't killing their savior, nor resurrecting him, nor heaping guilt onto anyone within heaping distance, neither casting aspersions on us heathenish common sinners.</div>
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    I confess (ha!) that I didn't spend a lot of time ruminating on the idea--maybe 90 seconds and then I was snapped-to by an impatient checkout kid demanding payment for ice cream.<br />
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    In my current world, 'ordinary time' has taken on a different, much more guilt-free meaning. <br />
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    Now it means, simply, '<i>A time to savor</i>'.</div>
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    Rather than wrap increasingly irrelevant words around this thought, throughout this post I've sprinkled recent images of what we do and where we go when we take the time to remember why we're here.<br />
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    Awesome stuff Mike. I'm always amazed how you turn some of the incredibly benign or ordinary sections of our trails look so amazing in your pics. I've taken 100s of photos in the same areas and not one has looked half as good as anything you've posted.

    PS - Loving the flows you built up for my Spearfish this spring. Bulletproof. Hows the store coming along? Need to come by and see the finished product.

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    Well said and well done, Mike!

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    I'm married to a practicing catholic and I'm atheist but find spirituality in mother earth. I enjoy your posts. It's all good.

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    Grade-A pics and philosophy! (I thought I was the only one who used the expression "recovering Catholic"!)
    whatever...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockman View Post
    I'm atheist but find spirituality in mother earth.
    Those 8 words come pretty close to summing things up for me, too.

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    Nice UFO cloud...

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    wow..........

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    Such a great way to start the day. Always look forward to your images and words.

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    Nice variety of pics.
    F*ck Cancer

    Eat your veggies

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    I am just 100% jealous of where you get to ride. Here is SW Ontario we have nothing that even comes close to that WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Fall is now here and we get to deal with rain, cold and mud. YIPPY!!!

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    My gf occasionally mentions that she's thinking about going back to church. I tell her the woods are my church. And the are.
    No moss...

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    Uplifting, inspirational, mind blowing = Like!

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    Stunning pics as usual!

    Who needs organized religion when the outdoors is your church?

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    Another post by mikesee, another jaw droppingly well written and photographed journey.

    You know, you could surprise us every now and then with a "ordinary" post now and again.

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    This is a post I compelled to share with a bunch of non MTBR friends.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hernando Gutierrez
    The only thing you have to figure out is don't fall down. To keep riding the bike.

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    Wow. Incredible pics from your wide open landscapes. Thanks for posting.

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    Very nice!

    chad

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post


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    Nice pictures. The best mesa to ride in Hurricane is not Goosebery or Little Creek.

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    Then tell us, which one is. Please!

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    Wrong thread, please ignore... No way to delete a post?

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    Nice work! I especially like the radial shift/blur effect ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harryonaspot View Post
    Then tell us, which one is. Please!
    A lot of these pictures were taken on Grafton Mesa, my personal favorite trail in the area.

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    The OP's pictures are nice. His philosophy is the usual sophomoric crap that passes for deep thought nowadays in our silly, narcissistic culture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ailuropoda View Post
    The OP's pictures are nice. His philosophy is the usual sophomoric crap that passes for deep thought nowadays in our silly, narcissistic culture.
    Maybe you should avoid the Passion forum. It doesn't appear that you have any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ailuropoda View Post
    The OP's pictures are nice. His philosophy is the usual sophomoric crap that passes for deep thought nowadays in our silly, narcissistic culture.
    This says a lot more about you than anyone else. Thanks for brightening my day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ailuropoda View Post
    The OP's pictures are nice. His philosophy is the usual sophomoric crap that passes for deep thought nowadays in our silly, narcissistic culture.
    Well thanks a pantload for enlightening us, Scrooge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whodaphuck View Post
    Well thanks a pantload for enlightening us, Scrooge.

    Like I said, typical starry-eyed, new-age narcissism. Rejecting Catholicism or any religion for that matter is fine. Hey, even being an atheist is fine. But the "I find spirituality in trees" thing a cliche and a bad one at that...shows no depth or understanding whatsoever but is a popular philosophy because a) it's easy and b) it does not require you to get up and go to church on Sunday.

    And to both profess atheism and use the phrase "Mother Earth" in the same sentence is ridiculous. If you are an Atheist you cannot possibly believe in "Mother Earth" or is it not obvious that you have exchanged one theological construct for another?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ailuropoda View Post
    Like I said, typical starry-eyed, new-age narcissism. Rejecting Catholicism blah blah blah
    It's not so much that you're wrong (you are) as you're just an ass. No one here is arguing religion or spirituality but you. Go argue with yourself in the woods--where at least you'll have a quasi-interested audience.

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    At least trees are real

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ailuropoda View Post
    Like I said, typical starry-eyed, new-age narcissism. Rejecting Catholicism or any religion for that matter is fine. Hey, even being an atheist is fine. But the "I find spirituality in trees" thing a cliche and a bad one at that...shows no depth or understanding whatsoever but is a popular philosophy because a) it's easy and b) it does not require you to get up and go to church on Sunday.

    And to both profess atheism and use the phrase "Mother Earth" in the same sentence is ridiculous. If you are an Atheist you cannot possibly believe in "Mother Earth" or is it not obvious that you have exchanged one theological construct for another?
    You seem bitter. Anyhow Mother Earth isn't the right analogy (at least from my perspective) but I think you can find spirituality in many places. It doesn't require organized religion. I've spent perhaps 1000+ nights in Grand Canyon. I find myself connected to the place somehow but don't require a God to explain it. It's a feeling. Whatever, but you seem a bit too caught up in clichés or whatever is wrong with the world. Or, perhaps it's because the mtn biking in LA sucks

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    Very nice.
    I don't rattle.

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    Love the pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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    Serenity and peace of mind........Thanks Mike

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    Well, however *it* got out there.... it still inspires and moves me. Especially when seen through mikesee's lens. Nice work.

    I recognize the other locations (generally if not specifically) but this one sure has the rock patterns/striations of the Granite Dells in Prescott. Or am I way off. It would be odd to travel clear to AZ and only share one picture from there.
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    I'd rather be riding my bike and thinking about God, than sitting in church and thinking about riding my bike.
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    I shared the OP's view point for many many years. It is totally possible to find faith, and understanding in nature. I over time went from a practicing agnostic to a follower of Christ. I learned that God, (call it what ever you want.. God, Buddah, Super Natural Big Guy) created everything. And in His creation, we are so small. that is very humbling, and awe inspiring. That is why I LOVE mountain biking, hiking or anything that gets me outdoors, it reminds me of the awesomeness that He has created. I hope that no one finds this offensive, as I am not trying to push religion on anyone here. It was mentioned that mountain biking is ones church.. If that helps you recharge and center yourself, then that is awesome. That there is a gift from God..

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    I'm a faithful follower of the 7-day recreationalist religion.

    Nice pics.

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    0530 from MT Stromlo looking over Canberra Australia as the sun starts to rise. a chilly 5 degree centigrade...but this moment was worth it simply magical
    the light at the bottom is my bike light lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by jarwes View Post
    I shared the OP's view point for many many years. It is totally possible to find faith, and understanding in nature. I over time went from a practicing agnostic to a follower of Christ. I learned that God, (call it what ever you want.. God, Buddah, Super Natural Big Guy) created everything. And in His creation, we are so small. that is very humbling, and awe inspiring. That is why I LOVE mountain biking, hiking or anything that gets me outdoors, it reminds me of the awesomeness that He has created. I hope that no one finds this offensive, as I am not trying to push religion on anyone here. It was mentioned that mountain biking is ones church.. If that helps you recharge and center yourself, then that is awesome. That there is a gift from God..
    Buddha isn't a God or supernatural being, he was a guy who taught an enlightened philosophy for living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    It's not so much that you're wrong (you are) as you're just an ass. No one here is arguing religion or spirituality but you. Go argue with yourself in the woods--where at least you'll have a quasi-interested audience.
    Great photos and nature shots. however i do somewhat agree with Ailuropoda because you say 'recovering Catholic' in a negative light as if you've been somewhat scarred by the experience. I'm sorry that was the effect of the times you had while going to Church because it shouldn't be all about guilt and repenting. It should be about doing the things you're doing- going out and experiencing the beautiful world we inhabit and to be grateful for that. The new age Churches that seem to be popular now are completely accepting of people's flaws and have no strict dogma which is fine- but there may not be the level of introspection that is asked for in the structured Christian faith or other established faiths. My point being that whatever way we find to come closer to answering the question of 'why are we here?' and 'what does it mean to be human' should be fulfilled by that practice whether organized or not. Hopefully it brings us to the conclusion that our world is not about material possessions only. You have found that path in nature-

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