my view of the natural world

Approaching the end

The leaf on my quince tree hangs on – just.  Soon it will be gone.  The month is almost at an end.  Soon I will be gone.  I planted this tree about three years ago, and watched it grow, and especially admired it’s autumn foliage.  Hopefully it will continue to grow without my help, and maybe even give joy to another.  Nothing in life stays the same.  Nature is a wonderful teacher, giving lessons on letting go…..

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8 responses

  1. I love this image – it says so much. Letting go is one of the hardest things to do – detachment – something I too am struggling with. Thinking of you and your journey…

    June 29, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    • eremophila

      Many thanks Sheila. I’ve a few properties to check out next week, so fingers crossed!

      June 29, 2011 at 10:40 pm

  2. Firstly an irrisistibly beautiful image that captures the wonder and simplicity of Mother nature’s offerings. I guess as we journey through the avenues of our lives and become older and wiser, more aware of the world and all it’s technicolour goings on around us, we also have to face the reality of life and letting go. Letting go of those we have loved and lost, those who pass on moften before their time, memories and dreams, aspirations that failed to materialize, and the seasons themselves.

    Mother nature, like life itself is a balancing act it seems to me, and we try our best to understand and deal with the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, the tears of sadness and joy, joy and grief. Mother natures manages the balance with precision and perfection, the question is, can we do the same in our own little worlds? A lovely frame and a thought provoking post.

    On a very personal note, may I take this opportunity of thanking you for one of the nicest comments that I have ever received, you really did make my day.

    June 29, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    • eremophila

      Thank you for a thoughtful comment Paul. My life’s lesson is to learn Balance, which is why perhaps I spend so much time in Nature’s classroom.
      I am humbled that my little comment had such an effect on you, thank you:-)

      June 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm

  3. Letting go, acceptance, balance – these are some of the things I’ve been striving for.
    Studying nature and Far Eastern philosophies like Taoism can help and inspire.
    Have you ever heard of the concept of “Wu wei”?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_wei

    July 18, 2011 at 11:11 am

    • eremophila

      One of my favourite little books, is ‘The Tao of Pooh’ by Benjamin Hoff. Are you familiar with it? ……” mistakes are made by man, the creature with the overloaded Brain who separates himself from the supporting network of natural laws by interfering and trying too hard. Not like Pooh, the most effortless Bear we’ve ever seen”. In preparation for my forthcoming move, most of my books are packed away, but some, like this charmer, stay close to hand:-)

      July 18, 2011 at 11:32 am

      • Ahhhh, thanks for this wonderful recommandation!
        I didn’t know this existed – I have put it on my wish list now.

        July 19, 2011 at 1:36 am

      • eremophila

        You’re very welcome!

        July 19, 2011 at 11:34 am

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