If there is one thing clear about the centuries dominated by the factory and the wheel, it is that although the machine can make anything from a spoon to a landing-craft, a natural joy in earthly living is something it never has and never will be able to manufacture.
Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of the fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
Only spread a fern-frond over a man's head and worldly cares are cast out, and freedom and beauty and peace come in.
There is in all visible things an invisible fecundity, a dimmed light, a meek namelessness, a hidden wholeness. This mysterious unity and integrity is wisdom, the mother of all . . . There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fountain of action and joy. It rises up in wordless gentleness, and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all created being.
Look! Look! Look deep into nature and you will understand everything.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
The earth laughs in flowers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I begin to see an object when I cease to understand it.
Henry David Thoreau
Wisdom begins in wonder.
i thank You God for this most amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirit of trees
and a blue dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
The world will never starve for wonder, but only for want of wonder.
After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on—have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear—what remains? Nature remains.
Notes on Photos: All photos were taken in the last couple of days here in coastal South Carolina.