Learning

“Face it. We’re all ignorant. But there’s a big difference between not knowing anything about, say, astrophysics, and not knowing anything about the natural world we inhabit. The sad fact is, when it comes to nature, the average American is clueless about some very basic stuff.

For example, a recent poll taken at the National Zoo in Washington, DC, revealed that over 75% of their visitors did not know the purpose of pollination.”

~ Andy Wasowski, Native Gardens for Dry Climates

(Quote Source: October 24, 1997 interview as posted on loe.org.  See link at:  http://loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=97-P13-00043&segmentID=6)

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(Honey bee on sedum plant)

I am grateful to people that blog.  I appreciate their courage and commitment to the sharing of ideas, experiences, creativity, research, and thoughts with the rest of the world.  I have learned so much in the last year.  Thank you!

 

The Small Things

“Again I resume the long lesson: how small a thing can be pleasing, how little in this hard world it takes to satisfy the mind and bring it to its rest.”

~ Wendell Berry (1934- ), Sabbaths

(Quote Source: goodreads.com)

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While traveling, take time not only to see the major sights, but intentionally grab a moment to observe the birds, animals, and flora of a given area.  Here is a photo I shot of a Cedar Waxwing enjoying the berries of a bush while my husband and I were taking a break from driving through Idaho on a road trip.

White-tailed Deer

“Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the forest and fields in which you walk. Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.”

~Fred Bear, (1902-1988) American bow hunter, bow manufacturer, author, and television host

(Quote Source: wideopenspaces.com)

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This is a White-tailed Deer standing in a field of wildflowers.

Compassionate Viewpoint

“But, to love nature and to hate humanity is illogical. Humanity is part of the whole. To truly love the world is also to love human ingenuity and playfulness. Nature does not need to be cleansed of human artifacts to be beautiful or coherent. Yes, we should be less greedy, untidy, wasteful, and shortsighted. But let us not turn responsibility into self-hatred. Our biggest failing is, after all, lack of compassion for the world. Including ourselves.”

~ David George Haskell,  The Forest Unseen

(Quote Source: goodreads.com)

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I took this photo in 2014 of a ranch in Wyoming — a setting that seemed such a lovely representation of humans working with and for nature.

Nature Soothes…

“If you reconnect with nature and the wilderness you will not only find the meaning of life but you will experience what it means to be truly alive.”

~ Sylvia Dolson, Joy of Bears

(Quote Source: goodreads.com)

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When news of the day and troubles in the world start to get me down, I return to nature to remember the many blessings that still exist all around me.  This year I have had the joy of watching a pair of Eastern Bluebirds set up house on my property.  Watching them has been a delight!

Home on the Range

“Oh, give me a home where the Buffalo roam

Where the Deer and the Antelope play;

Where never is heard a discouraging word,

And the sky is not clouded all day.”

 ~Dr. Brewster Higley (1876)

(Quote Source: 50states.com)

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This photo is of my first encounter with a group of Pronghorn Antelope off of a highway in Montana.  They are fascinating animals that can run at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.  I was grateful they stood relatively still for me for the moment.

Into the Pollen

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’

~ Robin Williams, (1951-2014) American actor and comedian

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This yellow swallowtail butterfly did not seem to mind wading into the pollen of my Japanese Lilac tree.

Old Tree

“Soak up the sun
Affirm life’s magic
Be graceful in the wind
Stand tall after a storm
Feel refreshed after it rains
Grow strong without notice
Be prepared for each season
Provide shelter to strangers
Hang tough through a cold spell
Emerge renewed at the first signs of spring
Stay deeply rooted while reaching for the sky
Be still long enough to
hear your own leaves rustling.”

~ Dr. Karen Shragg, Think Like a Tree 

(Quote Source: spiritoftrees.org)

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I have often wished that old trees could share their stories.

Feeding the Birds

“I don’t feed the birds because they need me;  I feed the birds because I need them.”

~ Kathi Hutton

(Quote Source: goodreads.com)

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I ran across today’s quote while perusing the site goodreads.com.  According to the site, Ms. Hutton has not written any books and there was little else listed about her.  I wanted to use her quote, however, because it was encouraging for me to know that someone else in the world feels like I do about feeding the birds.

The natural world has so much to offer.

Naughty Ducklings

“Children are not a distraction from more important work.  They are the most important work.”

~ C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

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I had a fine time at the local pond watching these little ducklings run across and then dodge behind the numerous lily pads.  Mama Wood Duck had quite a time trying to gather them together again!

Surrender to the Moment

“If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.”

~Anne Morrow Lindbergh, (1906-2001) American author, aviator, and the wife of aviator Charles Lindbergh

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A lovely pair of Trumpeter Swans that I photographed in May as they basked in the spring sunshine.