The world is waking up in my neck of the woods right now. Spring, more than any other season, reminds me why I love to get my physical activity outdoors: the breathtaking beauty that stirs my soul every time.

And for this post, it felt best to just go with that flow….

Weeping cherry tree in bloom

This year, I’ve decided to photograph one of the weeping cherry trees in my favorite park, Fort Tryon Park, everyday to capture the swift transformation from sleepy brown twig to pregnant bud to poetic flower to green splendor.

So, here are some nature photos of mine, and a selection of quotes from Mother Earth News Magazine. For the link to the full article, scroll down.


“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” — Edward Abbey

Boardwalk in Martha's Vineyard

Boardwalk in Martha’s Vineyard

“The beauty of the natural world lies in the details.” — Natalie Angier

“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” — Iris Murdoch

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” — Aristotle

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” — Margaret Atwood

“Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.” — Karle Wilson Baker

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” — Matsuo Basho

“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” — William Blake

“It is good to know our universe. What is new is only new to us.” — Pearl S. Buck

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” — Rachel Carson

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” — Albert Einstein

“Earth laughs in flowers.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Corny as it may be, here’s one that still speaks volumes: “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed against the sweet earth’s flowing breast.” — Joyce Kilmer.

What’s your favorite nature quote?

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