Get in Good Trouble: John Lewis

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”

~John Lewis


Inspiration, John Lewis, Trees, Photography, Remembrance, Oaks,

Redwoods Rising


Inspiration, John Lewis, Trees, Photography, Remembrance, Oaks,

Lone Oak

When Great Trees Fall

When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.

When great trees fall
in forests,
small things recoil into silence,
their senses
eroded beyond fear.

When great souls die,
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We breathe, briefly.
Our eyes, briefly,
see with
a hurtful clarity.
Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
gnaws on kind words
promised walks
never taken.

Great souls die and
our reality, bound
to them, takes leave of us.
Our souls, dependent upon their nurture,
now shrink, wizened.
Our minds, formed and informed by their radiance,
fall away.
We are not so much maddened as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
of dark, cold caves.

And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms, slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better.
For they existed.”

~Maya Angelou


Inspiration, John Lewis, Trees, Photography, Remembrance, Oaks,



Inspiration, John Lewis, Trees, Photography, Remembrance, Oaks,

Oak and Clouds


“Freedom is not a state; it is an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society.”

~John Lewis


Inspiration, John Lewis, Trees, Photography, Remembrance, Oaks,

Live Oaks and Morning Sun


“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.”

~John Lewis


Inspiration, John Lewis, Trees, Photography, Remembrance, Oaks,

Live Oak and Spanish Moss


Inspiration, John Lewis, Trees, Photography, Remembrance, Oaks,

Angel Oak


“You must be bold, brave, and courageous and find a way… to get in the way.”

~John Lewis





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  1. Heartfelt tribute to a great American icon.

  2. Fantastic. Excellent Tribute.

  3. What a fabulous tribute to John Lewis. Your photos are a fantastic counterpart to the quotes.

  4. Such a wonderful moving tribute Jane. Thank you.

  5. Wow! You have a special way of seeing the world – and you manage to capture it beautifully. Greetings from Tasmania πŸ™‚

    • Hi Tone, Thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed this one. You live in a beautiful part of the world. I visited Tasmania once and lived in Australia briefly. Appreciate you following me and I look forward to checking out your work. 😊

      • I hope I brought back many fond memories of your time in Australia. If you have a link to one of your posts about yout Tassie visit I would be interested to see it, or perhaps there’s a topic for a future post πŸ™‚ All the best.

  6. Yes! This is wonderful, Jane – thank you!

  7. Sorry I thought I had commented on this post. THIS is such a powerful post. I love the strength of the trees and how that parallels John Lewis’s fortitude. Such a sad loss for everybody who admired and loved him. Great pictures and post! The black and white and the first one are my favorites. Hope you caught the documentary πŸ™‚

  8. My goodness, I’m speechless. This post is created so brilliantly it really talks to me. May I reblog it on Surprising Lives?

  9. Beautiful shots of trees, Jane. Also such reflective poetic words and quotes to go along with them. Life isn’t always easy. The least we can do is to look out for each other. Keep up the good work.

  10. Amazing collection of trees.

  11. Excellent quotes by John Lewis – active freedom
    Excellent photos by Jane Lurie – tree activism

  12. Thank you Jane for sharing your gift with us. πŸ™πŸ»

  13. Beautiful pics – and important words.

  14. I love these beautiful photos. I love taking photos of big trees especially in the morning and during the sunset.

  15. What brilliant quotes these are. He lived long and made such an impact, so, there’s a certain satisfaction in spite of the loss. I have not seen this Maya Angelou poem either, and what a statement! Paired with your dignified photos, the text makes a powerful tribute. Once again, you have focused our attention on something – someone – that is very meaningful. Thank you.

  16. Beautiful scenics for your John Lewis tribute. I do wonder what will happen as the great stalwarts of the Civil Rights era become so few, then none. I know we lose their wisdom, their knowledge, their experience.

    Stay well, stay safe.

    • Hi David, Thank you. I hope his legacy lives on forever and it is a reminder how much work there is to be done. More good trouble is in order. Warm wishes for healthy and safe days, too. πŸ’™

  17. I’m in awe !! Beautiful picture

  18. Wonderful pictures, Jane, and for a favourite I agree with Harrie. As for John Lewis, I can only hope that change will come. πŸ™‚

  19. Wow! Stunning photographer, Jane, showcasing these magnificent trees!

  20. So huge trees and very nicely photographed! It is nice to see how different nature in the other side of the world. Thank you for sharing your amazing photos with us! Greetings from Finland!

  21. the series is really extraordinary, I really like it a lot and it is difficult for me to have a preference for one of your photographs
    On the first, all the same ….. I admire all these straight trunks, which rise to the sky

  22. Splendid tribute… but I tear up knowing both Elijah Cummings and John Lewis have left us to cope without them!

  23. I’m a tree lover and they are one of my favorite subjects. These are stunning compositions and a beautiful poem as well! ‘Fallen’ is my favorite in this group.

    • Thank you, Denise. Yes, we share a love of trees and your reaction to these mean a lot. Glad you liked the pairing with Maya’s poem (which moves me every time I read it). I hope to get back to the Humboldt State Park someday where Fallen was made.

  24. A great tribute to John Lewis with his words and the poem.

    Love your “Live Oak and Spanish Moss” picture!

  25. Lovely and thoughtful tribute Jane…the trees have a spirit of strength and resilience…sending you joy and all good things be well πŸ’ͺπŸ’›πŸ€—and a hug Hedy

  26. Great set, Jane! Oak and Clouds is closest to me.. πŸ™‚

  27. These are such beautiful pictures paired up with such powerful quotes and that poem! Those black and white pics are so good, plus the Angel Oak with the sun peeking in … dude. Strength in your storytelling revealing the loss of such a great leader. Well done! Thanks for sharing!

  28. So beautiful and emotional, Jane! Thank you!

  29. Such inspiring words and a wonderful tribute. He was a great soul, wasn’t he?

  30. Jane, your magical images, marry so well with Maya Angelou’s prose.

  31. A beautiful tribute. But with all great respect to Maya Angelou, great souls live on. They can inspire us forever.

  32. Beautiful tribute and photos Jane. I always enjoy your posts, but this one has special meaning. Hope you and Bob are well.

  33. What a sweet tribute to John Lewis.

  34. Wonderful photos and poem, too, I’d never read that one before. I haven’t yet been out to see the redwoods, so it’s always kind of hard to believe, when I see pictures like your first one. All of these are striking shots, but the unusual formations give “Oak and Clouds” a kind of uncanny feeling that’s really interesting, very cool.

    • Thank you, Robert. I find Maya’s poem so moving and glad you enjoyed the paired photos. I do hope you get to the redwoods someday soon – the peacefulness is overwhelming. I’m always in search of oaks in winter and this one in Napa is an amazing specimen. 😊

  35. Everything about this post is so right, so perfect. Maya Angelou! Swoon. And John Lewis – a truly good and courageous man. All interspersed with your beautiful photos. Lovely.

    • Hi Alison, I’m so glad you found this a fitting tribute to John Lewis. Yes, his courage and leadership will live on forever. Hopefully, it will continue to inspire the change we need right now. Thank you so much for reading. πŸ’™

  36. Such character in these old trees.

  37. Lovely words and composition, such a wonderful way to honor the memory of John Lewis.

  38. Mighty tree 🌳 has spoken , 🌱eco

  39. A wonderful tribute to a great warrior. The strong trees are the perfect visuals to accompany the. powerful quotes.

  40. I knew what your topic would be even before I saw your title.

  41. So many beautiful photos, Jane!! I hope you and yours are all well. ❀️🌞

  42. Magnificent trees and superb quotes, Jane. ❀

  43. Wonderful, Jane. Your best photos and beautiful thoughts. Thanks for doing this to celebrate the life of a great American.

  44. So lovingly crafted, Jane, both pix & quotes

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