Post a Day May – Day 3
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” – Lou Holtz
In every part of nature, I find something of beauty. Some of these things are blatantly beautiful – the fresh, unmarked blanket of snow covering the ground, purple blossoms covering the spring tree, the ocean waves gently lapping the sandy shore, the burning gold of the autumn leaves, the crickets chirping in the night, the birdsong in the morning. But some of the most subtle things in nature are the most beautiful. The way sunlight shines through the green of tree leaves in the afternoon light, creating a motif of sunlight on the forest floor. The sudden surprise of the small yellow flower nearly concealed by the grass. The lake water rippling in the morning sunlight. The single flower sprouting up amongst the dried grasses. The meadow grasses rustling gently in the summer breeze as the afternoon light casts its magic across the field.
There’s also the beauty of animals. The bright flash of the cardinal amongst the winter snow. The newborn calf & its mother, standing in the open field. The glimpses of the orange fox running amongst the underbrush. Newborn lambs frolicking in their pasture. The Monarch butterfly flapping its wings as it sits on top of a flower. Geese, flying in formation as they soar through the sky & back towards home.
“A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine.” – Anne Bronte
Nature also surprises you. Just when you think you’ve seen the most beautiful sunset, the most vivid flower, the most endearing baby rabbits, nature shows you something even better than you could ever imagine. Nature is always one step ahead of you & always has something new to show you.
Being outside has always been a sacred experience for me. Sitting in the grass as the breeze blows around me, lying down & watching the clouds drift over, running & playing in the afternoon light, coming home just as the sky begins to darken, climbing trees, picking dandelions – these are the experiences that made up much of my childhood, & I’ve never lost that joy of simply being out in nature. When I go outside, I feel a connection to the environment. I feel a certain understanding, an understanding of life & beauty & joy. I feel as though I have my hand upon the pulse of life.
“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” – John Lubbock
Nature also reflects our innermost feelings. Just as nature goes through cycles, sometimes being bright & sunny, other times cold & desolate, our lives cycle as well in many different ways. The bright vivid spring coming after the cold dark winter is symbolic of us, after a period of sorrow or “darkness”, returning to the happiness & light which guides us along life’s path. The birdsong we hear in the early morning being a verbalization of our soul’s joyous song. The changing of the seasons reflecting the change in our lives. Aside from that, there’s also the beauty of flowers & the way that they’re used. When people want to show someone that they love them, to give someone a token of their friendship, show sympathy to someone, or simply brighten a room, they turn to flowers to get the message across.
I think people are so strongly drawn to nature because nature brings out the best in us & reflects our deepest feelings in the blooming of the flowers, the falling of snow, the crickets singing in the night, the sun setting gently behind the ocean waters, & the beauty of life beginning once again.
“Earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
How do you connect with nature? Do you feel a strong connection to the life surrounding you? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject.
Have a fantastic day! 🙂