monarch on centaurea montana 
"The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.  It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.  It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow. I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life.  And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.          ~ Rabindranath Tagore

monarch on centaurea montana 

"The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.  It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.  It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow. I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life.  And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.          ~ Rabindranath Tagore

Asclepias tuberosa, orange butterfly weed
“If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”   -Leo Tolstoy, Essays, Letters and Miscellanies  

Asclepias tuberosa, orange butterfly weed

“If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”   -Leo Tolstoy, Essays, Letters and Miscellanies  

sunlight on lupine
“I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.”   -Hafiz 

sunlight on lupine

“I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.”   -Hafiz 

 blue birds, femaie and immature
"Each day has a story to - deserves to be told, because we are made of stories. I mean, scientists say that human beings are made of atoms, but a little bird told me that we are also made of stories."  -Eduardo Galeano

 blue birds, femaie and immature

"Each day has a story to - deserves to be told, because we are made of stories. I mean, scientists say that human beings are made of atoms, but a little bird told me that we are also made of stories."  -Eduardo Galeano

Royal Catchfly (Silene regia)
“And sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in.”    -Jane Austen

Royal Catchfly (Silene regia)

“And sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in.”    -Jane Austen

Comarum palustre/marsh cinquefoil
“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf.”   -Rabindranath Tagore 

Comarum palustre/marsh cinquefoil

“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf.”   -Rabindranath Tagore 

oak savanna/Missouri
“Earth brings us to life and nourishes us. Earth takes us back again. Birth and death are present in every moment.”   -Thich Nhat Hanh

oak savanna/Missouri

“Earth brings us to life and nourishes us. Earth takes us back again. Birth and death are present in every moment.”   -Thich Nhat Hanh

'the visitor'
"come back believer in shade-believer in silence and elegance-believer in ferns-believer in patience-believer in the rain”… excerpt from “Empty Water”, by W.S. Merwin
 

'the visitor'

"come back believer in shade-believer in silence and elegance-believer in ferns-believer in patience-believer in the rain”… excerpt from “Empty Water”, by W.S. Merwin

 

monarch laying egg

"The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle."  -Anais Nin

American Lady butterfly on coneflower
"Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles."  -George Bernard Shaw 

American Lady butterfly on coneflower

"Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles."  -George Bernard Shaw