A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. The fluviatile trees next the shore are the slender eyelashes which fringe it, and the wooded hills and cliffs around are its overhanging brows.
~ ~ Henry David Thoreau ~ ~
Lake George Regional Park, Skowhegan Maine
God never made an ugly landscape. All that the sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild.
~ ~ John Muir ~ ~
Montezuma Valley Overlook, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.
~ ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau ~ ~
Commerson Dolphins, Aquatica, Orlando Florida
“Coyotes move within a landscape of attentiveness. I have seen their eyes in the creosote bushes and among mesquite trees. They have watched me. And all the times that I saw no eyes, that I kept walking and never knew, there were still coyotes. When I have seen them trot away, when I have stepped from the floorboard of my truck, leaned on the door, and watched them as they watched me over their shoulders, I have been aware for that moment of how much more there is. Of how I have only seen only an instant of a broad and rich life.”
~ Craig Childs
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
“The wilderness and the idea of wilderness is one of the permanent homes of the human spirit.”
Joseph Wood Krutch
Coronado National Forest, Arizona
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion. For most men, it appears to me, are in a strange uncertainty about it, whether it is of the devil or of God, and have somewhat hastily concluded that it is the chief end of man here to “glorify God and enjoy him forever”.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Summit Lake State Park, Indiana
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
Henry David Thoreau
Jelks Preserve, Englewood Florida