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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

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY DAY

“To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles.”  Mary Davis

Who knew?  June 15 has been designated by the North American Nature Photography Association as NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY DAY since 2009.  Did you know?  I didn’t.  Fortunately, even in my ignorance, I have been celebrating this holiday extensively throughout any given year anyway.

It is easy to take nature photographs.  One way to take nature photos is to go to incredible places—like Yosemite National Park or Monument Valley—and snap away at all you see.  However, you do not have to go anywhere special to enjoy Nature and capture its essence on film.  You can find the beauty, wonder and solace of Nature just about anywhere. Just take the time to notice what is around you.

Some of my favorite subjects are birds and trees and flowers. 

If you want to celebrate Nature Photography Day, just grab a camera and head outside. You can sit quietly for a bit in a garden, wander the sidewalks in your neighborhood or take a drive along a country road, even a highway once you are out of the city.  See what nature speaks to you.  Then capture the interaction by clicking the shutter.

Beware: Capturing the beauty and wonder of Nature in a photo can be habit-forming.

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QUOTES ABOUT NATURE

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

“Adopt the pace of Nature; her secret is patience.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have someone click the shutter.”   Ansel Adams

“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”  Kurt Vonnegut

“If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”  Vincent Van Gogh

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.”  John Muir

“Nature, Time and Patience are the three great physicians.”  H. G. Bohn

“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.”   Laura Ingalls Wilder

“At some point in life, the world’s beauty becomes enough.”   Toni Morrison

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

“Once destroyed, Nature’s beauty cannot be repurchased at any price.”  Ansel Adams

“There’s something of the marvelous in all things nature.”  Aristole

“A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.”   Walt Whitman

“Look deep into Nature, and then you will understand everything better.”   Albert Einstein

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”   Lao Tzu

“Just feel the magic in the air and the power in the breeze.  Feel the energy of the plants, the bushes, and the trees.  Let yourself be surrounded by nature at its best.  Calm yourself, focus, and let magic do the rest.”   Sally Walker

SEARCHING FOR SPRING, PART 7: Finding Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge

I needed a day out in Nature! 

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

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

I continued my Search for Spring by driving into the hills southwest of Maricopa, California.  My goal was to find the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge.  It is closed to the public, but the roads that run along its perimeter promised great views of the area.  There was a slim possibility that I might see some Condors soaring on the thermals, but that did not happen on this cloudy gray day.

One set of directions I found online said to take Klipstein Canyon Road until it connects with Cerro Noroeste Road that parallels the wildlife refuge.  Only Klipstein Canyon Road no longer allows the public to traverse its entire length.  The few miles I traveled were pretty and rather desolate but also offered some flowers and birds. I even enjoyed the occasional “Private Property” signs.

Greater Roadrunner

California Quail

I finally found Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge via Cerro Noroeste Road. This route was also rather isolated and punctuated with occasional flowers and grand vistas.  Next year, I will drive this route a bit earlier in the year when I bet more flowers will be in bloom.

Horned Larks Were Around Singing, But Not Getting Very Close

Cerro Noroeste Road eventually looped onto Mil Portrero Road and then Cuddy Valley Road, leading me up to Pine Mountain before hitting I-5 to drive home.

All in all, I found some great views, a few flowers and a couple birds.

It was a wonderful afternoon!

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A FEW QUOTES ABOUT THE POWER OF NATURE

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”   Albert Einstein

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

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

“Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience.”   Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”   Margaret Atwood

“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

The Miracle of Nature: Christmas Gift 2016

Merry Christmas!

Part of Christmas is the giving of gifts.  One of the best gifts I could share is a reminder to enjoy and appreciate Nature as often as you can.  You can feed the birds in your garden or take a walk in the park.  You can hike a local canyon or plan a visit to a national park.  You can play with your pets or give a friend a bouquet of flowers.  How you interact with Nature is not the point.  The very act of embracing Nature can remind you of the wonder and hope of the season, of the miracle of life and rebirth evident in our natural world.

This time of year–with the hectic craziness that can take over the holidays–slowing down to find the spiritual connection available through Nature is especially important.  Of course, given visiting relatives and long drives and big meals and cold, cold, cold weather, it is not the easiest time to take that hike or stroll through the park.  Therefore, my gift to you is the following slide show that shares some of the beauty and wonder of Nature through photographs and quotes.

Along with this slide show, I wish you peace, joy and a great new year.  Perhaps a new year’s resolution could include making time for Nature as often as possible in your busy life.  Enjoy!

 

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