The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed. ~ Albert Einstein, Living Philosophies
“What if a cactus felt really bad?
Hurt and depressed and truly quite sad?
Feeling unwelcome or feeling unliked,
Not feeling like dealing with being all spiked…”
~ Could You Hug a Cactus, by Phillip Van Wagoner, 2016
Gentle sleep! Scatter thy drowsiest poppies from above; And in new dreams not soon to vanish, bless My senses with the sight of her I love. ~ Horace (Horatio) Smith
A neighbor recently invited me down to shoot some pictures of the blossoms on a barrel cactus he’s had since it was a seedling. These were the first blossoms on this particular cactus. It’s 35 years old. Desert gardens take patience!
Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness. ~ George MacDonald
I’ve always regarded nature as the clothing of God. ~ Alan Hovhaness
It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence. ~ C.S. Lewis
However mean your life is, meet it and live it. ~ Henry David Thoreau
Surely there is something in the unruffled calm of nature that overawes our little anxieties and doubts; the sight of the deep-blue sky and the clustering stars above seems to impart a quiet to the mind. ~ Jonathan Edwards
And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Sensitive Plant”