The images provided are beautiful. Annie Dillard’s quote at the very end is appropriate. It tells us to sense more deeply and richly what we often take for granted or see fleetingly in a moment. When we ask why it is beautiful the extraordinary takes a place in our heart as more than something in a local landscape we pass by each day.
New Hampshire Garden Solutions
English plantain (Plantago lanceolata) pollen has been found in sites in Norway that date to the early Neolithic period, so it has been around for a very long time. It was introduced into North America from Europe and loves it here. It is a favorite of many butterflies, songbirds, and animals, and is pretty when it flowers like the one in the photo.
Last year I was walking through a forest clearing and almost stepped on a turtle. This year I did the same thing in almost the same spot and wondered if it was the same turtle. Last year it was spotless and looked as if it had come from the local Buff ‘N Shine and, as you can see in the photo, this one looked the same.
This snapping turtle was also very clean and I almost stepped on it as well. Luckily I caught some…
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I have a friend who photographs mushrooms. They are almost ethereal in their beauty. Loved all of these, especially the first.
We only have to stop and take the time to sense the fullness of what is always in front of us.
So true. I pass a manicured hedge everyday on my way into work. Today, there were these outrageous mushrooms growing where I had not seen them before. Another wonderful lesson in mindfulness. Blessings.
We notice things when we take time to notice. The mushrooms might be a sign that there is something missing or new in the ecosystem.
Thank you Ivon, for the re-blog. I really enjoy the different things that you post.
You are welcome and thank you.