Category Archives: Quotes

Bees and Spiders and Snakes, Oh My.

“Develop a boundless ethic which includes all living things.” I had just finished finished typing this paraphrase of Albert Schweitzer’s advice when a small warbler hit the sliding glass door beside my desk.  I ran out to scoop her up … Continue reading

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The Light of Spring

“A light exists in spring Not present on the year at any other period- When March is scarcely here.” Emily Dickinson It shines with the promise of new life.  It reflects off new fallen snow with bright green shoots of … Continue reading

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Woodland Calligraphy

Naturalists and artists tend to appreciate details within the big picture.  We marvel at the the shapes of shadows, the perfect hexagons in a comb of honey and the curly-cues and flourishes of tendrils.  In these are the characters, alphabets … Continue reading

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A Moment of Creativity

Earlier this week I decided to spend a moment on the porch enjoying a warm January sunbeam and browsing through two of my favorite catalogs,  Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff and Rare Seeds from the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.  I … Continue reading

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The Color of Thoughts

“The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts.”  Marcus Aurelius Warm colors, cool colors, bright colors, subdued colors, happy colors, sad colors – all live on the artist’s palette.  All surround us. All are there for us to choose … Continue reading

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Journey into Autumn

I said goodbye to the garden this afternoon. The sky is a clear blue, there is a chill in the air and frost/freeze warnings are in effect for tonight.  I walked back to the house with a huge bowl of … Continue reading

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Every Leaf a Flower

I vacillate between happy and sad this time of the year;  mostly happy.  Sad because last night was the first frost of Autumn.  I went down to the garden and picked a big bucket of flowers in the afternoon before … Continue reading

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Through a Forest Wilderness

“A wilderness…is hereby recognized as an area where….man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”     The Wilderness Act of 1964 50 years ago this month congress passed The Wilderness Act of 1964 and it was signed into law by … Continue reading

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Summer Snowflakes

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”  Henry David Thoreau What appears to be a cluster of snow-y ice crystals in the stenciled design above is really a flower from Queen Anne’s Lace, a common … Continue reading

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A Bird? Bath!

I know this looks like a box turtle cooling off a the edge of a pond but this little guy has actually taken over my bird’s favorite birdbath!  When I first found him in there I panicked thinking that he … Continue reading

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