Flowers have different meanings in different cultures. We associate flowers with various occasions and sentiments. Much symbolism is attached to flowers. They elicit smiles, tears, and sneezing for some of us.
Camellia in the sun
So let’s celebrate flowers with some eloquent and clever wise words. Flowers are lovely to behold…thought-provoking to ponder.
Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into. -Henry Beecher
Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity. -John Ruskin
When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other. – Chinese Proverb
Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul. -The Koran
In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends. -Kozuko Okakura
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. -Abraham Lincoln
De-stress! Stop and smell the roses this week! Think of all the poetry, prose, and photos flowers inspire. Coming up for your Foto Friday…pictures of some creatures that inspire more panic than poetry and tips on living with these Florida icons.
Foto Friday: My favorite nature photo of the week is this Great Blue Heron at La Chua Trail
Great Blue Heron at La Chua Trail
My favorite photo of the week is this magnificent Great Blue Heron I discovered on another trip to La Chua Trail in Gainesville, Florida. This picture lowers my blood pressure. I saw this wonderful creature standing on the rock, the water rushing all about it. I stood silently, watching it for a while…taking in the peaceful surroundings. I snapped other shots that day, too…of massive alligators and some busy little egrets, but this noble bird is my pick of the week.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to fellow nature lovers, like the Irish
My blog is about celebrating the natural beauty all around us in Florida. Maybe it’s my Irish heritage that strengthens my love of nature. So, for St. Patrick’s Day, I honor the Irish love of nature. They know a lot about natural beauty…and have celebrated nature for centuries in verse.
In Nature poetry the Gaelic muse may vie with that of any other nation. Indeed, these poems occupy a unique position in the literature of the world. To seek out and watch and love Nature, in its tiniest phenomena as in its grandest, was given to no people so early and so fully as to the Celt. Many hundreds of Gaelic and Welsh poems testify to this fact (p. xii).
Foto Friday: My favorite nature photo of the week is this Anhinga sunning itself
This beautiful Anhinga caught my attention as I was walking along the LaChua Trail. The trail is a great place to watch wildlife. While I was there, I saw a variety of creatures: Anhingas, Herons, Egrets, and some very large Alligators. Yes, Alligators. Just several feet away from me. I have a great respect for creatures that can make a midday snack out of me, so I was sure to keep the suggested distance.
It’s Wise Words Wednesday and I have a great quote about nature to share with you today! Hope your week is moving along nicely. Mine started a bit bumpy…and rainy…but I am optimistic as always.
The wise words this week are from Albert Einstein. I’ll just go ahead and tell you, without shame, that I have a geek crush on Albert Einstein. An Einstein bobblehead is on my desk…one of his quotes is on my office door. Anyway…there is a wonderful quote in H. Eves’ Mathematical Circles Adieu (1977) in which Einstein encourages humans to embrace nature. Eves writes that the context for the quote is a letter written by Einstein in 1950 to a rabbi. The rabbi’s teenage daughter was unconsolable after the death of her sister, the rabbi’s older daughter. He was not able to comfort his daughter with religious theology and was hoping Einstein could give him advice. Here is what the scientist wrote in reply:
A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest-a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. H Eves Mathematical Circles Adieu (1977).