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Wise Words Wednesday: Some favorite nature quotes by John Muir

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John Muir was American’s most famous naturalist and conservationist. Some of his quotes are among the favorite nature quotes of all time.

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 alike.  

Nature is always lovely, invincible, glad, whatever is done  and suffered by her creatures.  All scars she heals, whether  in rocks or water or sky or hearts.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it  hitched to everything else in the Universe.

You can find many more beautiful words on the Sierra Club John Muir Exhibit website. Muir was the first president of the Sierra Club. You can also celebrate John Muir Day on April 21st. A great way to honor Muir’s birthday is watching Ken Burns’ amazing documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.


A trip on gossamer wings: Fly with the butterflies

Monarch Butterfly

For the love of butterflies

Hey Florida nature lovers!

It feels like Florida lately! Forget spring fever…it feels like summer already. What is a vision of spring/summer without butterflies?!

I set out to take some photos of butterflies recently. My lens and I surrendered pretty quickly. Butterflies are so much fun to watch…and to chase…but, alas, my lens and I were too slow for those delicate and swift little creatures.

Luckily, in Gainesville, I am just minutes away from butterfly paradise.

The Florida Museum of Natural History on the University of Florida campus is home to the Butterfly Rainforest. There you can find some lovely Florida natives including my lovely Monarch as seen above, as well as other beautiful creatures from around the world.

Tree nymph web

You do have to pay admission to get in, but once inside, it really is a tiny paradise. Plants, flowers, a waterfall, birds, butterflies, and enchanted humans.

flowers in rainforest

A few butterflies sat on my shoulder for a minute. I was delighted! If you don’t want to pay to get inside…there is a lovely butterfly garden outdoors, with ideas for plants you can grow to make your own butterfly garden.

Blue phlox

“Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine.” – Jeffrey Glassberg

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Here’s hoping you share a little bit of Florida sunshine with me today! You deserve it!


Wise Words Wednesday: Believe…like the birds

You have to believe in happiness, or happiness never comes… That’s the reason a bird can sing, on his darkest day, he believes in spring. – Douglas Malloch

American poet Douglas Malloch encourages us to believe in the power of optimism. These wise words also make me think of how often nature inspires us. This little finch makes me smile, but paired with Malloch’s motivating words I am reminded of the power of positive thinking…and of the power of nature to uplift and motivate us.

Watching out for wildlife: Caring for squirrels

Caring for injured or orphaned squirrels

squirrel on tree 2 web

Some of us living in areas with a lot of wildlife wonder what to do if we find injured or orphaned animals. There are resources and animal lovers who volunteer to help injured wildlife.

DonnDonna and one of her furry friends. a Green-Townsend is one of those animals lovers…especially squirrels.


Donna talks about her love and care of injured and orphaned squirrels:


You can reach the Wildlife Helpline from the Florida Wildlife Care Center Donna mentioned at 352-371-4400 or click the link for more information.

Foto Friday: Great Blue Heron

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

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.

The Irish love of nature

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to fellow nature lovers, like the Irish

Saucer magnolia under blue sky webMy 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 the introduction to Selections from Ancient Irish Poetry (1911), author Kuno Meyer writes,

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).

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