Readings From “The Book of Nature”


Virginia  Creeper

Virginia Creeper


There is new life in the soil for every man.

There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our overburdened spirits,

there is strength in the hills, if only we will lift up our eyes.

Remember that nature is your great restorer.




Eastern Yellow Swallowtail on butterfly tree.

Eastern Yellow Swallowtail on butterfly tree.


All those who love Nature she loves in return,

and will richly reward, not perhaps with the good things, as they are commonly called,

but with the best things of this world-

not with money and titles, horses and carriages,

but with bright and happy thoughts, contentment and peace of mind.




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Nature goes her own way, and all that to us seems an exception

is really according to order.



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When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,

striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars

all singing and shining together as one,

the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.

John Muir


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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014


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Off the Shelf

Take a look at your bookcase.

If you had enough free time, which book would be the first one you’d like to reread? Why?


About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

7 responses to “Readings From “The Book of Nature”

  1. What a lovely post! Beautiful images and refreshing words!

  2. Lovely selection of nature quotations. I’m especially drawn to John Muir. Also like the Calvin Coolidge.
    An interesting side note- A friend in my Oregon Master Naturalist cadre is related to John Muir (great great grand daughter, if I recall correctly). She, appropriately, is a Professor of Biology at one of the local colleges 🙂

  3. Love the dragon fly picture!! 🙂

  4. Great nature quotes.
    A favorite book of mine is Earthly Paradise by Colette. One of my favorite passages is when she describes her mother’s garden when she was a child. No one can write descriptive prose like Colette!

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