Goodbye Summer 2016

“Everything has seasons, and we have to be able to recognize when something’s time has passed and be able to move into the next season. Everything that is alive requires pruning as well, which is a great metaphor for endings.”

~ Dr. Henry Cloud (1956- ), American psychologist

(Quote Source: brainyquote.com)

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Maple leaves showing off their color for this first day of fall.

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Transformation

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves. We must die to one life before we can enter another.”

~ Anatole France, (1844-1924) French poet, journalist, and novelist

(Quote Source: goodreads.com)

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A Widow Skimmer Dragonfly at rest on a plant along the shores of a Minnesota lake.

 

Natural Recycling

“Nature doth thus kindly heal every wound.  By the mediation of a thousand little mosses and fungi, the most unsightly objects become radiant of beauty.  There seem to be two sides of this world, presented us at different time, as we see things in growth or dissolution, in life or death.  And seen with the eye of the poet, as God sees them, all things are alive and beautiful.”

~Henry David Thoreau, (1817-1862) American essayist, poet, and practical philosopher; author of the book, Walden

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Fungi: Mother Nature’s recycling system

When is Spring?

“When the groundhog casts his shadow

And the small birds sing

And the sun shines warm

And when the peepers peep

Then it is Spring.”

~Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952)

(Margaret Wise Brown was an American writer of children’s books, including the picture books Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.)

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Spring begins for me after my first yearly sighting of an American Robin.