Wednesday Vignettes: Wild

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“Plants are also integral to reweaving

the connection between land and people.

A place becomes a home when it sustains you,

when it feeds you in body as well as spirit.

To recreate a home, the plants must also return.”


Robin Wall Kimmerer


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“In the rain forest, no niche lies unused.

No emptiness goes unfilled.

No gasp of sunlight goes untrapped.

In a million vest pockets, a million life-forms quietly tick.

No other place on earth feels so lush.

Sometimes we picture it as an echo

of the original Garden of Eden—a realm ancient,

serene, and fertile, where pythons slither and jaguars lope.

But it is mainly a world of cunning and savage trees.

Truant plants will not survive.

The meek inherit nothing.

Light is a thick yellow vitamin they would kill for,

and they do. One of the first truths one learns

in the rain forest is that there is nothing

fainthearted or wimpy about plants.”


Diane Ackerman


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“As dreams are the healing songs

from the wilderness of our unconscious –

So wild animals, wild plants, wild landscapes

are the healing dreams

from the deep singing mind of the earth.”


Dale Pendell


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Appreciation, always, to  Anna at Flutter and Hum for hosting the Wednesday Vignette each week. Please visit her for links to other beautiful garden photos from around the planet.

Photos by Woodland Gnome


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14 responses to “Wednesday Vignettes: Wild

  1. Love the trumpet vine smothering the pine – it’s kind of rainforesty! Having never experienced a rainforest up close, that quote painted a wonderful picture in my mind.

    • A beautiful romantic picture- sans spiders and snakes! Thank you for the comment on the photo- almost chose not to use it as it is very wild looking! That was from Jamestown Island taken on July 4 last year. Thank you for visiting ❤ WG

  2. Robin Wall Kimmerer is a favorite nature writer of mine. I am currently reading her book on mosses and loving it. Beautiful post.

  3. Love that Diane Ackerman quote – powerful and so true.

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