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 thoughts on “The zen of nature

  1. 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!



  2. 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.


  3. 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.)


  4. 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,


  5. 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.


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


  7. 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!


  8. 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.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May


  9. 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™‚


  10. 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.


  11. 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.


  12. 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.


  13. 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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