Beauty by Mother Nature
“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes,
but in having new eyes.”
~ Marcel Proust
And there it is. One sentence, one thought, one philosophy and a great way of looking at life.
Had this been my quote, however, I would have finished it with, " … in having new eyes to see the beauty of the landscape wherever you're standing."
I've seen the wonders of outer space through the sparkling stars that shine from early morning dew drops, the deep serenity of a mountain mist as a heavy fog blankets a woodland trail and the enduring faith of a newborn fawn as it patiently waits for its mother's return.
Hope you enjoy my year of 2015 at Jeffrey Woods, along with some insightful thoughts from those who whisper wisdom in the night air.
"It snowed and snowed, the whole world over. Snow swept the world from end to end. A candle burned on the table; A candle burned." ~ Boris Pasternak, Dr. Zhivago
"Wherever you go, go with all your heart." ~ Confucius
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” ~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything." ~ William Shakespeare,
"April is a promise that May is bound to keep." ~ Hal Borland
One of my favorite wildflowers is the Grand Flora Trillium, also known as the Mother's Day flower (pictured left). It is so pure and fragile that even picking its flower kills the plant for years to come.
"The world's favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May."~ Edwin Way Teale
"I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” ~ LM Montgomery,
Anne of the Island
been the two most beautiful words in the English language." ~ Henry James
Because I can hear, smell and see the woodland's energy change as its plants, animals and people move on, I hold even tighter to the last remnants of summer under the delusion it will stay a little longer.
"The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
October is full of silken spider webs, rainbow-colored leaves and a fall harvest of summer fruits. The sun casts brilliant orange rays through the woods and the aroma of fallen leaves fills the senses.
“Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile." ~ William Culen Bryant
With only a few crinkled leaves left shaking in the wind, November's frozen branches scratch and howl in the night air.
"He found himself wondering at times, especially in autumn, about the wild lands and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams." ~ JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
This month of cold & dark has its very own magic. Walking frozen paths in a December Jeffrey Woods brings a chilling warmth of remembrances and feelings of goodwill.
Beyond December's many ethereal benefits, it's more than exciting to witness an entirely different veneer on the same old woods. Watching laughing children sled down icy hills and following the footprints of woodland animals through the snow is always high adventure.
"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show." ~ Andrew Wyeth
Scroll Through The Many Faces & Feelings of Jeffrey Woods
January ~ December 2015