Nature = God

Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.   Albert Einstein

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Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.  It will never fail you.   Frank Lloyd Wright

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There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure of nature.   Henry David Thoreau

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One touch of nature makes the whole world kin,  William Shakespeare

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Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.   Ralph Waldo Emerson

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There is pleasure in pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea and music in its roar, I love not man the less, but Nature more.   Lord Byron

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Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.   Gerald De Nerval

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How strange that nature does not knock and yet does not intrude!  Emily Dickinson

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Shall I but say that nature is the work of God in glorious display!  Peggy Joan (just had to get a personal quote of mine in here).

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In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.   Aristotle

A Carpenter Bee on my Stevia plant.

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Summer Begins To Fade

The Summer is nearing its end and I truly hate to see it go.  I thought I would share some photos from this very unusual summer of 2019.  We had 15 inches of extra rainfall so far this year – with lots of flooding and green lawns all through the summer – which is unusual.

These crows are looking up as they view summer drifting away.

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A visit to my yard by a male Bobwhite Quail.

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Mexican Sunflower

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This Wren decided to raise its young in my pot of lettuce.  Never got to eat this lettuce – it went to seed.

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Here is the last baby wren who decided to stay in the nest a week longer than his siblings.

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Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly

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Spider webs on the blackberry vines.

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Everyone should have a colorful pair of garden boots like mine.  Ha

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This squirrel loved my flower pots.  He paid many visits and sat in my flower pots.

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Lincoln Rose

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Hope you enjoyed nature this summer as much as I did.

Houston & Galveston

I thought I would post a few more photos of the trip to Galveston in June.

These pictures of a freeway in Houston were unbelievable.  The construction of a huge section of freeway that would go over the top of the freeway we were on – really surprised me. Wow – how was this possible and why was it necessary.

 

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I thought we were going straight up into the sky – so we could just fly away.  My 17 year old granddaughter was driving us through Houston and she was doing a fantastic job.  She is already a very good driver.

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The number of oil refineries around Houston are unbelievable.

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Houses on stilts with many stairs to climb are all over the island that Galveston sits on.

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House were built in inlets – where the owners could boat directly from their homes – into the Gulf of Mexico.  Parking for cars was under the houses and stairs led to the second floor where the living area was.

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Shops in Galveston were on stilts near the ocean.  Underneath these buildings were great shady areas to sit on the beach.

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When we were leaving Galveston on the way toward home we drove over a bridge I chose to call the McDonald Bridge.  Ha  I actually expected to find a McDonald’s restaurant on a platform in the center of this bridge where we could stop for lunch.

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Finding Peace

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What this world needs is more PEACE!  Early in the morning, after a rain, when a lot of mankind is still asleep – I find peace in my yard, with my camera – soaking up nature’s quiet beauty.  I love spider webs covered in rain drops.  Intricate webs created by spiders that many people fear and detest.  Yet, if you venture out on an early, wet morning – these webs come alive with a look of gleaming pearls.

“Don’t let people pull you into their storms.  Pull them into your peace.”  Spiritual-quotes-to-live-by.com

My brother was a person who was either on top of the world or down in a deep pit of despair.  He is gone now, but not forgotten.  I loved him very much and I miss him. Yet, I often told him when he tried to drag me down to an unhappy place – “Stay in that hole of misery you have created, but don’t expect me to join you.”

Our esteemed past president Ronald Reagan said – “Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”

My husband is constantly watching the news – which is something I try not to do.  So, I venture out into God’s beautiful world and soak up nature’s quiet peace. Try sitting silently in your garden and let peace enfold you in its arms.  Ah – sheer bliss.

“Peace is its own reward.”  Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

Storms Roared Through

Well, it has been a bad year for gardening and growing flowers – due to storm after storm. I planted several types of sunflowers for the birds and butterflies this year.  The storm Barry that roared through New Orleans and headed straight through Arkansas caused flooding and wind damage.  The red sunflowers, which turned out to be every color – all went down in the wind last night.  Discouragement is not worth my time – I just think – Oh well, a few sunflowers are nothing compared to those who lost their homes or their business.

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A Great Sunset

I have been waiting for a great Sunset to appear for a month.  We have had plenty of beautiful Sunrises, but Mother Nature would blow all the evening clouds away and refuse to let the Sunset shine in all its glory.  Last night the sun lit up the clouds in every direction and surrounded my yard with glorious beauty and color.  Such a thrill.

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I really can’t give the glory of such beauty to Mother Nature – we all know God created the beauty of this world.