Nature and Children

“If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”

~Rachel Carson (American marine biologist and conservationist whose book, Silent Spring, and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.)

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Putting up a bird feeder with your children is an excellent way to nurture a love of nature within them — especially at this time of year!

Naughty Squirrels

“Until mankind can extend the circle of his compassion to include all living things, he will never, himself, know peace.”

~Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), Nobel Peace prize winner

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Once in awhile I need a quote such as this one from Albert Schweitzer to remind me that the squirrels gnawing on my bird feeder, my outdoor decor, and my deck railings are merely trying to survive — just like all other living creatures.  Anyone else ever find themselves challenged by these determined, and frustratingly naughty creatures?

Warm Reminder

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn come after night, and the spring after the winter.”

~Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

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Sometimes the beauty of warmer days is the reminder that I need to tolerate the cold of winter.  This is a Siberian Iris that grew in my garden last June.  May it bring joy to the hearts of all of you!

It’s cold!

“The cold never bothered me anyway.”  ~Elsa, movie Frozen

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As I drove by a frozen wetland, I noticed some unfamiliar and very still brown lumps.  I stopped my car to take a closer look on this frigid day in Minnesota.  The lumps turned out to be a group of turkeys dozing in the bright sunshine.  They awoke to the sound of me pulling my car off to the side of the road, but were slower than usual in making their customary get-away.  Here they look at me in a slightly drowsy state.

I am regularly amazed that any living thing survives outside in Minnesota during the winter when the windchill drops well below zero!