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The Wonder of Nature

“I want all my senses engaged.  Let me absorb the world’s variety and uniqueness.”  Maya Angelou

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”   Anne Frank

Most of my blog posts celebrate Nature in all its wonder and glory.  I seek out Nature when I need to find some sanity and solace.  Out in Nature, I feel a spiritual connection to the world and realize how small my troubles really are.  The solitude, the vastness, the wonder of Nature always bring me peace, sharpen my senses, and increase my sense of awe and appreciation.

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” Monet

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

“What is man without the beasts?  If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit.  For whatever happens to the beast, soon happens to man. All things are connected.”  Chief Seattle

BUFFALO, YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”  Buddha

YELLOW TULIPS, PELLA, IOWA

“I hope you love birds too.  It is economical.  It saves going to heaven.”  Emily Dickinson

PEACOCK, LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARBORETUM, CALIFORNIA

“We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.”   William Hazlitt

PRETTY CLOUDS, SOMEWHERE IN UTAH

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”  Anatole France

MURPHY, BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA

 “The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure.”  D. H. Lawrence

SNOW PLANT, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

“When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius; lift up they head!”   William Blake

BALD EAGLE, LOWER KLAMATH NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.  There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”   Rachel Carson

SUNSET, SOMEWHERE IN ARIZONA

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”   Gandhi

NELLIE (film star), LANCASTER HILLS, CALIFORNIA

 “Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.” Luther Burbank

DAISIES, SOME GARDEN?

“I realized that if I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes.”  Charles Lindbergh

RAVEN, NATIONAL PARK IN UTAH

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”  John Burroughs

MONO LAKE, CALIFORNIA

“Lots of people talk to animals. Not very many listen though.  That’s the problem.”   Benjamin Hoff

TIGER, SOME ZOO SOMEWHERE

 “When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.”  Chinese Proverb

PRETTY LITTLE BLOOMING PLANT, A FRIEND’S HOME

“Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we’ll soon be in trouble.”   Roger Tory Peterson

BROWN PELICAN, MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA

“In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.”   Charles A. Lindbergh

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK

“I don’t believe in the concept of hell, but if I dd I would think of it as filled with people who were cruel to animals.”   Gary Larson

GRIZZLY BEAR, SOME ZOO SOMEWHERE

 “Where flowers bloom so does hope.”  Lady Bird Johnson

CALLA LILIES, MONTEREY, CA

“In order to see birds, it is necessary to become part of the silence.”   Robert Lynd

MALLARD, LITHIA PARK, OREGON

“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.”   William Wordsworth

MONUMENT VALLEY NAVAJO TRIBAL PARK

 “I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.” Abraham Lincoln

SLEEPING WOLF, WOLF SANCTUARY, OREGON

“Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.”  Henry Beecher

CALIFORNIA POPPIES, ALONG CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY 101

“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”   Maya Angelou

CALIFORNIA QUAIL, BOTANICAL GARDEN, CALIFORNIA

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.”   Edward Abbey

CRASHING WAVES, MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA

 “Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.”  John Muir

COYOTE, YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

“Just living is not enough—one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”  Hans Christian Andersen

PRETTY LITTLE RED FLOWER, SOMEWHERE PRETTY

“I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.”   Henry David Thoreau

DUCKLINGS, LITHIA PARK, OREGON

“Nature is the art of God.”   Sir Thomas Browne

TREES REFLECTING IN RIVER, SOMEWHERE IN OREGON

“The Animals of the planet are in desperate peril.  Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen.”   Alice Walker

ELK, YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

 “Each flower is a soul blossoming out to nature.”  Gerard de Nerval

SAGUARO CACTUS, SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK

“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.”   William Blake

SOARING HAWK, ALONG I-5, CENTRAL CALIFORNIA

“Not all who wander are lost.”   J. R. R. Tolkien

DRIVING THROUGH A REDWOOD STATE PARK, CALIFORNIA

“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”  Steven Wright

HIKING A REDWOOD STATE PARK, CALIFORNIA

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”   John Muir

OAK GROVE, CARMEL HILLS, CALIFORNIA

This post is my response to the Lens Artist Photo Challenge 33 Nature.  I have shared most of these photos in the past, but mainly in a post from years ago that is no longer available (technical difficulties), so I thought I would share them again here.  They are some of my favorites.  Of course, any immersion into Nature is welcomed and appreciated.

“Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this Nature he’s destroying is this God he’s worshipping.” Hubert Reeves

Comments on: "The Wonder of Nature" (14)

  1. These photos are wonderful! I especially enjoy those of national parks and all their wonders.

    • Thanks for stopping by. National Parks are one of the best ideas our country has ever had. Unfortunately, they are under attack recently. We need to continue to protect our natural wonders.

  2. Barbara Yong said:

    so many lovely photos and memories .

  3. Wonderful images and quotes! Your post is a real tribute to nature in all her glory. Chief Seattle’s words are very sobering, aren’t they?

    • Thanks for stopping by. And I agree that Chief Seattle’s words are sobering. It is especially sad and maddening today that so many rules and regulations in place for years to help protect the environment are being removed or reversed. His words are even more poignant today.

  4. Wonderful and inspiring quotes and images, Patti; thank you.

    • Thanks. I do love finding great quotes. I saw a study a long time ago that says coloring in coloring books can lower stress levels. For me, finding quotes and sorting photos are a great stress reducer–not as good as being out in Nature, but close.

  5. This is so beautiful, Patti. So much exquisite beauty to enjoy, so much thought-provoking philosophy to to appreciate.

  6. Wow Patti, you went wild with this one (get it?!). I think your final quote is one of the absolute best I’ve seen. Wonderful post.

    • Thanks, Tina. That last quote really struck me as well. I do get your joke, groan, thanks. In my family we call such groan-worthy jokes Grandpa Ross jokes–they were about the only kind he told. Fun!

  7. You’ve had some great experiences with nature. Loved the photos and the quotes, especially Anne Frank’s. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks, Janet. Nature and quotes are so relaxing and rejuvenating. It is mind boggling to see how open and caring Anne Frank was, despite all she experienced.

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