In All Things of Nature There Is Something of the Marvelous.~Aristotle

“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.”  ~Henry David Thoreau

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kind.” William Shakespeare

“I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees.  The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets.

It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day.  It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful.  Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me – I am happy.”  
~Hamlin GarlandMcClure’s, February 1899

“You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.”
~Hal BorlandSundial of the Seasons, 1964
“Some keep the Sabbath going to Church, I keep it staying at Home -With a bobolink for a Chorister, And an Orchard, for a Dome.” 
“Joy all creatures drink At nature’s bosoms…”  ~Friedrich von Schiller, “Ode to Joy,” 1785
“To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.”  ~Jane Austen
“I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.  Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.”  ~Wendell Berry
“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on 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.”
~George Gordon, Lord ByronChilde Harold’s Pilgrimage
“Great things are done when men and mountains meet.  This is not done by jostling in the street.”  ~William Blake
“To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.”  ~Helen Keller
“To one who has been long in city pent,
‘Tis very sweet to look into the fair
And open face of heaven, – to breathe a prayer
Full in the smile of the blue firmament.”
~John Keats, Sonnet XIV
“Fieldes have eies and woods have eares.”  ~John Heywood, 1565
“You must not know too much, or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and water-craft; a certain free margin, and even vagueness – perhaps ignorance, credulity – helps your enjoyment of these things…”  
~Walt WhitmanSpecimen Days, “Birds – And a Caution”  (Thanks, Corinne)
“Butterflies are self propelled flowers.”  ~R.H. Heinlein
“If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.”  ~Author Unknown
*Images of the green-gold trees, the baby goose and kitten, the Shenandoah Valley in early spring and the nesting duck are by my mom.  The black swallowtail butterfly is by daughter Elise.  Dark Hollow Falls in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a royalty free pic.
***For gardeners, nature lovers, anyone who thinks fondly of country life, or is just plain human…you might enjoy my nonfiction book out in kindle now, in nookbook by April, and soon out in print with beautiful pics, a 2012 EPIC eBOOK FINALIST, Shenandoah Watercolors.


  1. Judy // March 15, 2012 at 9:15 AM  

    Beautiful pictures and thoughts, as always, Beth! Thanks for sharing...

  2. Beth Trissel // March 15, 2012 at 9:48 AM  

    Thanks so much, Judy.

  3. Mary Marvella // March 15, 2012 at 12:25 PM  

    Thanks, Beth. Your words are as lovely as the photos!

  4. Patrice // March 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM  

    Your love for this country is so strong and as beautiful as the pictures themselves. Thanks!

  5. Josie // March 15, 2012 at 2:03 PM  

    Your post brightened up my afternoon, Beth. Thanks for the beautiful words and images.

  6. Mona Risk // March 15, 2012 at 2:42 PM  

    Such beautiful pictures that match well the poetic quotes.

  7. Mary Ricksen // March 15, 2012 at 6:44 PM  

    Your photos are just amazing!Thanks!

  8. Beth Trissel // March 15, 2012 at 9:16 PM  

    Thanks so much, guys.

  9. Scarlet Pumpernickel // March 16, 2012 at 12:32 AM  

    Beth, you pictures are striking. They make me want to go out with my camera and capture the magic of Spring. Your words paint just as beautiful a picture in the minds eye. I am in awe of your talents.

  10. Autumn Jordon // March 17, 2012 at 1:17 PM  

    Beautiful! Spring is just coming our way and I love it. Infat, I should move outside for inspiration.