“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
Henry David Thoreau, From ‘Walden; Life in the Woods’
Some of my recent thoughts on nature.
I just find it so intriguing, to look at the changes, not only during the seasons, but also within a day. I was driving through a remote part of Ireland recently, I was fairly high above sea level among some rocky hills, there was a mist hanging among the rocks, it was pleasantly warm and though no sun was to be seen, the light was very special. A moment of stillness.
At some stage in my life I used to think that observations about nature and the earth were perhaps a little mundane, there seemed to be much more important things to keep busy with, but not anymore, now I know the value and the joy that everyday observation can give one, and how intricate everything is. Earth science is a mighty large field, so interesting, just even to learn about the composition of the soil, wow! And that’s not to speak of the beauty of it all, I am amazed every single day about what I notice in the minute details.
What a truly wondrous planet we live on. And how much joy to be had in observing all this beauty, it sure makes the heart feel thankful.