Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.
The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
Mother Nature may be forgiving this year, or next year, but eventually she's going to come around and whack you. You've got to be prepared.
Sorrows gather around great souls as storms do around mountains; but, like them, they break the storm and purify the air of the plain beneath them.
For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!
The poetry of the earth is never dead.
Having family responsibilities and concerns just has to make you a more understanding person.
Sandra Day O'Connor
Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.
Robert Green Ingersoll
Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
Flowers are without hope. Because hope is tomorrow and flowers have no tomorrow.
People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
The mind, in proportion as it is cut off from free communication with nature, with revelation, with God, with itself, loses its life, just as the body droops when debarred from the air and the cheering light from heaven.
William Ellery Channing
There's always a period of curious fear between the first sweet-smelling breeze and the time when the rain comes cracking down.
Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!
I'm very gregarious, but I love being in the hills on my own.
You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.
Nothing is so beautiful as spring - when weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush's eggs look little low heavens, and thrush through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring the ear, it strikes like lightning to hear him sing.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
For every person who has ever lived there has come, at last, a spring he will never see. Glory then in the springs that are yours.
I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.
Nature is wont to hide herself.
Occasionally I have come across a last patch of snow on top of a mountain in late May or June. There's something very powerful about finding snow in summer.
Life has loveliness to sell, all beautiful and splendid things, blue waves whitened on a cliff, soaring fire that sways and sings, and children's faces looking up, holding wonder like a cup.
There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind.
Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger.
I knew, of course, that trees and plants had roots, stems, bark, branches and foliage that reached up toward the light. But I was coming to realize that the real magician was light itself.
The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.
I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.
In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me.
In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.
Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.
Bats drink on the wing, like swallows, by sipping the surface, as they play over pools and streams.
The groves were God's first temples.
William C. Bryant
Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
Mere goodness can achieve little against the power of nature.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.
Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.
The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only.
Joseph Wood Krutch
When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.
James Whitcomb Riley
Understanding the laws of nature does not mean that we are immune to their operations.
Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.
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