Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
~ Aristotle
Lainey Piland photo

It's true that even in scenes which appear unremarkable at first glance, we can find things of interest, beauty, and intrigue, if we look long enough. I took the photo above during my trillium hunt at the Redmond Watershed Preserve back in March. For some reason, this scene - typical of any lowland Pacific Northwest forest - caught my eye and drew me in. 

There was something about the way the pale sunlight filtered through the canopy overhead and illuminated the cedar branches covered in vibrant green moss; something about the way those branches curl and swoop and frame the swampy, skunk-cabbage filled forest floor below. Moss, mud, skunk cabbage, swamp... none of those things sound appealing or beautiful, but in that particular place, at that particular moment, they reflected a luminous tranquility surpassing the mundane and unremarkable - creating a scene one might call... marvelous.

Marvelous scenes abound in nature. Take time to look around and soak in the sights next time you're hiking, walking, biking, gardening, or spending time in the outdoors.


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  2. Here's a beautiful, and true, statement I thought you would appreciate: "For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver." - Martin Luther

    1. That's a lovely - and very true - quote. Give me a green tree any day! Considered in other terms: how much more valuable is a healthy green tree standing tall than the profit that could be made by cutting it down. Thanks for sharing!