October morning light on oak leaves
"When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself."  - Tecumseh Shawnee Chief
 

October morning light on oak leaves

"When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself."  - Tecumseh Shawnee Chief

 

cattails in autumn
"Look, the trees are turning their own bodies into pillars of light, are giving off the rich fragrance of cinnamon and fulfillment, the long tapers of cattails are bursting and floating away over the blue shoulders of the ponds, and every pond, no matter what its name is, is nameless now. Every year everything I have ever learned in my lifetime leads back to this: the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation, whose meaning none of us will ever know. To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.” ― ‘In Blackwater Woods’ by Mary Oliver

cattails in autumn

"Look, the trees are turning their own bodies into pillars of light, are giving off the rich fragrance of cinnamon and fulfillment, the long tapers of cattails are bursting and floating away over the blue shoulders of the ponds, and every pond, no matter what its name is, is nameless now. Every year everything I have ever learned in my lifetime leads back to this: the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation, whose meaning none of us will ever know. To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.” ― ‘In Blackwater Woods’ by Mary Oliver

'nature's christening'
"Don’t tell me you are not worthy.  Don’t tell me you are not made of stars." Jeff Foster

'nature's christening'

"Don’t tell me you are not worthy.  Don’t tell me you are not made of stars." Jeff Foster

sumac
“The physician treats, but nature heals.”   -Hippocrates

sumac

“The physician treats, but nature heals.”   -Hippocrates

sphinx moth and phlox
    “One never knows what each day is going to bring. The important thing is to be open and ready for it.” - Henry Moore

sphinx moth and phlox

    “One never knows what each day is going to bring. The important thing is to be open and ready for it.” - Henry Moore

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