Vela Creations is an in-depth resource for off grid living. The site documents our research and experiences, hoping that they might help others interested in pursuing this lifestyle. This blog is designed to document our day to day experiences as we build our new, sustainable homestead. If you are interested in seeing more photos and videos, we have a flickr account at the following url:

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Jean Giraudoux

"The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life." - Jean Giraudoux

Friday, January 30, 2015

Joyce Carol Oates

"Night comes to the desert all at once, as if someone turned off the light." - Joyce Carol Oates

Thursday, January 29, 2015

James Agee

"This continent, an open palm spread frank before the sky." - James Agee

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

E. O. Wilson

"Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction." - E. O. Wilson

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


"You cannot step into the same river twice." - Heraclitus

Monday, January 26, 2015

Saint Augustine

"Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature." - Saint Augustine

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Matthew Arnold

"Bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur." - Matthew Arnold

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lao Tzu

"Nature is not human hearted." - Lao Tzu

Friday, January 23, 2015


"The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together." - Saadi

Thursday, January 22, 2015

John James Audubon

"During all these years there existed within me a tendency to follow Nature in her walks." - John James Audubon

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Roy Bean

"And finally Winter, with its bitin', whinin' wind, and all the land will be mantled with snow." - Roy Bean

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Joseph Franklin Rutherford

"The earth is yet the place of the domicile of man and all the offspring of the first man." - Joseph Franklin Rutherford

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sinclair Lewis

"Winter is not a season, it's an occupation." - Sinclair Lewis

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Walt Whitman

"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you." - Walt Whitman

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Aldo Leopold

"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land." - Aldo Leopold

Friday, January 16, 2015


"The fall of dropping water wears away the Stone." - Lucretius

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Paul Dirac

"Pick a flower on Earth and you move the farthest star." - Paul Dirac

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Bill Watterson

"If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I'll bet they'd live a lot differently." - Bill Watterson

Monday, January 12, 2015

Max Muller

"I believe I can even yet remember when I saw the stars for the first time." - Max Muller

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

"Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you." - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Andy Goldsworthy

"Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality." - Andy Goldsworthy

Friday, January 9, 2015

Thomas Carlyle

"The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better." - Thomas Carlyle

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Thomas Browne

"All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God." - Thomas Browne

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hannah Arendt

"The earth is the very quintessence of the human condition." - Hannah Arendt

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Stewart Udall

"Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man." - Stewart Udall

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Rupert Brooke

"Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill, Laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass." - Rupert Brooke

Friday, January 2, 2015

Napoleon Bonaparte

"If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god." - Napoleon Bonaparte

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Winston Churchill

"Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong." - Winston Churchill

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