my view of the natural world

Learning from Nature

A potted apple tree in my courtyard has attracted a multitude of tiny caterpillars, and they in turn, have attracted me.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is no other door to knowledge than the door nature opens; there is no truth except the truths we discover in nature. 

Luther Burbank
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA solitary American monk named Thomas Berry writes that in our relationship to nature, we have been autistic for centuries.  Wrapped tightly in our own version of knowledge, we have been unreceptive to the wisdom of the natural world.  To tune in again, to have the “spontaneous environmental rapport” that characterized our ancestors, will take doing something that is perfectly delightful: reimmersing ourselves in the natural world. 

Janine M. Benyus

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Sit down before fact like a little child, and be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. 

T.H. Huxley

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The source of man’s unhappiness is his ignorance of Nature. 

Paul Henry Thiry D’Holdbach
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion. 

Lorraine Anderson

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3 responses

  1. MMMMmmmmmm…. All wonderful quotations and great pics. But still – if those critters were eating up my garden, I’m not sure I’d be so kindly disposed. It’s a fine balance we seek to walk! It’s like resenting the hawk for eating songbirds. Comes dinnertime, everyone wants to pull a chair up to the table!

    January 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm

  2. Hi Enivea, Very creepy, creepy crawlies chomping on your apple tree. What chance of any apples? What butterfly laid the eggs for these caterpillars?

    January 9, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    • eremophila

      The mature apple trees in the orchard are doing fine Margaret, and have plenty of young apples on them. This tree is too young to bear fruit just yet. Sorry, can’t tell you which butterfly is involved. Not the cabbage white :-)

      January 12, 2014 at 3:45 am

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