The zen of nature

A walk in the woods. Such an ordinary act.

And yet, it is the small details that make it so extraordinary.

It might be a tiny flower nestled among the dew-laden grass like a jewel.

Or diamond-studded webs twinkling like stars in the early morning light.

One stone sitting on top of another transforms them both into works of art.

Further on, I balance stones on top of each other, imagining dreaming towers and soaring spires.

To remind others of the endless possibilities of every day.

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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70 responses

  1. Beautiful. It seems like you can only capture these images in the early morning.

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    October 4, 2010 at 18:43

    • The light is sharp and clear in the mornings. Luckily, I’m an early riser.

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      October 4, 2010 at 18:45

  2. Blu

    A delightful feast for my eyes, I still love the same sights as when I was a child… Blu smiles.

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    October 4, 2010 at 18:50

  3. ah love that last quote and the joy of a walk is in noticing those details…

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    October 4, 2010 at 19:36

  4. Gorgeous. I totally agree with your post below, as well.

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    October 4, 2010 at 20:19

  5. We took a beautiful walk in Holland – very autumnal, lots of colourful fungi and fallen leaves. Yours looks lovely, too πŸ™‚

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    October 4, 2010 at 20:48

  6. such a wonderful post! thank you πŸ™‚

    Warm Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral

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    October 4, 2010 at 20:58

  7. Ah, the zen of nature…you’ve captured it perfectly! I feel more peaceful and calm, already. Thank you.

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    October 4, 2010 at 21:16

  8. Your photos send calmness and you make everyday things special. I especially liked the rocks.

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    October 4, 2010 at 21:20

  9. beautiful pictures.

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    October 4, 2010 at 21:20

  10. One of my very favourite things to do is walk in the woods, along a beach, through a field, or whatever, looking for small details, things most people miss. Great post!

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    October 4, 2010 at 21:27

  11. Your posts are such a delight because you see beauty everywhere, even in the simplest things. They are there for all of us to see, but too often we’re so absorbed inside our self that we miss so much of the beauty that surrounds us every day. Your photos are superb and put me in touch with nature. I, too, have found delight in a spider web sparkling with dew drops, and that tiny flower and the artful stones. Forgive my lengthy comment, but I wanted you to know what I see and how much it means. Have a beautiful week!

    Sylvia

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    October 4, 2010 at 21:27

  12. rosadimaggio63

    Hey LadyFi πŸ™‚
    siamo a Stonege ?
    Belle immagini con questo zoom !
    Buona serata πŸ™‚
    Myriam

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    October 4, 2010 at 22:28

  13. there is so much beauty in nature

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    October 4, 2010 at 22:34

  14. Beautiful, thoughtful.

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    October 4, 2010 at 23:12

  15. Very well done – thank you for making life feel better. Please have a wonderful Tuesday.

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    October 4, 2010 at 23:31

  16. Simply beautiful images! Well done!

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    October 5, 2010 at 00:05

  17. something for me to ponder, great post.

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    October 5, 2010 at 00:16

  18. Simple but yet really beautiful! I like small pleasure like these!

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    October 5, 2010 at 01:21

  19. Your view of things has helped me have an even greater appreciation of the beauty I see everyday. Thanks for these thought and pictures today.

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    October 5, 2010 at 01:57

  20. Such peaceful photos. Very zen.

    Mason

    Thoughts in Progress

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    October 5, 2010 at 02:13

  21. Love these shots, such simple joys of life. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    October 5, 2010 at 02:37

  22. Beautiful, and I love the quote from Saint-Exupery!

    Kay, Alberta

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    October 5, 2010 at 03:01

  23. ThankΒ΄s for sharing those beautiful pictures with us!

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    October 5, 2010 at 03:36

  24. So true and beautiful.

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    October 5, 2010 at 03:39

  25. Nice walk in the woods. Always like magic when dew shines on the smallest of life.

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    October 5, 2010 at 04:04

  26. You see beauty where others will not even let their eyes gaze. Thank you.

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    October 5, 2010 at 05:00

  27. indeed!

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    October 5, 2010 at 06:23

  28. Nature is a holy place and appreciation serves as worship. You have a keen eye and open heart — good combo. πŸ˜‰

    I don’t know where you’re from, but if you’re not familiar with Inukshuks, you might enjoy Google-Imaging the word. (You were on your way to making one.)

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    October 5, 2010 at 06:38

  29. love the quote of st.exupery…have a lovely week!

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    October 5, 2010 at 06:50

  30. Yes, it’s the little thing and the seeing eye which notices them. Yours take in much beauty. Thanks for sharing that.

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    October 5, 2010 at 07:09

  31. Beautiful pictures you made

    Have a nice week,
    Greetings, Bram

    My Word Tuesday post

    Seen on My World Tuesday

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    October 5, 2010 at 07:19

  32. Fantastic captures of nature.

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    October 5, 2010 at 07:38

  33. It is a little thing that counts. A smile, a tear, a hello and a hand that waves! You have expressed this in your photos, thank you!

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    October 5, 2010 at 09:03

  34. Sir Pe

    Lovely! And I did enjoy the cathedral quote πŸ™‚

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    October 5, 2010 at 10:39

  35. And zen we are one. Thank you.

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    October 5, 2010 at 11:04

  36. these photos could have been shot by me. πŸ™‚ So, of course I like them.

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    October 5, 2010 at 12:01

  37. Love that last picture and the patterns on the rocks – gorgeous!

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    October 5, 2010 at 12:37

  38. Lovely. No snow yet?

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    October 5, 2010 at 12:51

  39. What a delight for eye and senses! πŸ™‚
    Thank you for these beautiful images,
    they are just what I needed,
    being here, bound to my desk, studying.

    Thank you also for your kind comments on my blog,
    I appreciate them immensely.

    A wonderful day to you,
    Merisi

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    October 5, 2010 at 12:54

  40. The woods are my favorite place. I always go there when I need to think or just rest my mind. Your photos were so lovely. And I love that you made a formation to remind of us of the endless possibilities that exist.

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    October 5, 2010 at 13:28

  41. Γ…h, sΓ₯ fantastiskt vackert! Mycket inspirerande bilder πŸ™‚

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    October 5, 2010 at 14:50

  42. LadyFi: Cool macros on your site today, neat post.

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    October 5, 2010 at 15:15

  43. It is a gift to see beauty in small things. Wonderful photographs!

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    October 5, 2010 at 15:27

  44. I have been noticing the simple things a lot lately…… so rewarding.

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    October 5, 2010 at 15:50

  45. Very beautiful pictures in your world !

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    October 5, 2010 at 17:16

  46. lilalia

    Love the photos, especially the balancing rocks. In Canada this is a common practice, especially up north where there is tundra.

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    October 5, 2010 at 21:06

  47. Just gorgeous!

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    October 5, 2010 at 21:24

  48. one of the things I love the most about photography is that it has helped me see the details
    your photos are wonderful

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    October 5, 2010 at 23:51

  49. I love your eye for details … and that quote is perfection. “The Little Prince” is one of my all-time favorite books.

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    October 6, 2010 at 01:06

  50. Such a lovely post. That’s what it is all about — seeing beauty in the everyday, the little things. You do an amazing job of reminding us! We saw many of those cairns (rock piles) in the National Park (Acadia)we just visited — pointing out trail heads or just celebrating life!

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    October 6, 2010 at 02:38

  51. i love everything here — the photos, the texts and the quote. thanks for sharing! it’s a breath of fresh air. πŸ™‚

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    October 6, 2010 at 06:44

  52. Once again I enjoyed your words and your photo’s…so calming. And I need that. πŸ™‚

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    October 6, 2010 at 07:08

  53. even the sole red wildflower looks beautiful.

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    October 6, 2010 at 09:33

  54. Beautiful images and great meditations to go with them. Thank you for visiting my blog πŸ™‚

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    October 6, 2010 at 09:52

  55. Maggie May

    It pays to have a camera handy when you go out for a walk as it is the little unexpected things that make the best pictures…… as your post has shown.
    Beautiful.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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    October 6, 2010 at 13:03

  56. how calming Mother Nature is…she provides us with all that we need to nourish our soul.

    one love.

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    October 6, 2010 at 13:34

  57. I could sit by that rock pile forever.

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    October 6, 2010 at 14:33

  58. Simply Spectacular pictures, Thanks for sharing.

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    October 6, 2010 at 14:51

  59. land of shimp

    I like the little rock formation best! Have you ever seen Galaxy Quest (goofy, fun movie)? In it a pile of rocks comes to life after a bunch of (rather malicious) aliens stand around chanting, “Rock. Rock. Rock!” and it comes to life. Then, of course, it tries to smoosh the heck out of our Hero.

    However, that little rock shape looks like it would form a much nicer Rock Critter πŸ™‚

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    October 6, 2010 at 15:02

  60. You are so tuned in to what is around you, Fi. When I used to walk the girls along the French canals I was in my own little world of daydreams and watching that they did not get into mischief.

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    October 6, 2010 at 15:34

  61. I enjoyed your imagination with this post–especially the quote and rockpile. Our kids would have not let me stack rocks without first inspecting them for fossils though.

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    October 6, 2010 at 16:03

  62. oh, you share my heart today.
    I think I could spent every hour outside , looking , seeing.

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    October 6, 2010 at 19:36

  63. I know you believe in magic and glitter! That’s why I like you!

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    October 6, 2010 at 19:50

  64. Lovely shots! And thanks for visiting!

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    October 6, 2010 at 23:23

  65. You have such a great eye. I walked around our yard today, camera in hand, and got nothing πŸ™‚
    Cheers, jj

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    October 7, 2010 at 05:31

  66. Don

    I like the way you see things.

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    October 8, 2010 at 06:27

  67. So very… ZEN! Thank you, I loved every one of these!

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    October 9, 2010 at 03:49

  68. I love the quote, and it suits the photos perfectly – or perhaps it’s the other way around? No matter, both are lovely, and refreshing, and true.

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    October 10, 2010 at 00:58

  69. Thanks for stopping by, I’m slow to respond. You take lovely photos:)
    I thought I would reply on the post of yours that has a photo similar to the post of mine where you left a comment:)

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    October 27, 2010 at 08:06

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