Tag Archives: nature

Yellowstone

Yellowstone.  Majestic earth workings of every sort.  Power.  Everlasting change and evolution. Steaming water, geysers, grand waterfalls, canyons, a deep and wide lake, fumaroles, mud pots, elk, bighorn sheep, grizzlies, black bear, cats, moose, and wolves!!  Nine packs of wolves vying for dominance and survival, taking care of their families, broadening their empires.  What a vision of nature’s overwhelming diversity and drive for balance.  Life to continuing in all its exuberance.  There is never enough time to take it all in.  I want to return and spend weeks in the Lamar Valley, getting to know the wolves and the landscapes.  To become part of it, to know it.  Undiminished by the island it has become, it is still becoming.  So alive, so magnificent.  Mysterious and overwhelmingly powerful.

“A thousand Yellowstone wonders are calling, ‘Look up and down and round about you.”

-John Muir, 1898

“There is nothing so American as our national parks…. The fundamental idea behind the parks…is that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us.”

– President Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Ethics

The Native American Code of Ethics originally published in the Inter-Tribal Times in October of 1994.

Depth in simplicity, honor in dealing with humanity and the earth.

Twenty tenants to live by…

It is done, it is good.  All My Relations.

1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.

2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.

3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.

4. Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.

5. Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not yours.

6. Respect all things that are placed upon this earth – whether it be people or plant.

7. Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.

8. Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.

9. All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.

10. Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.

11. Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. Animals, plants and other living creatures are all part of your worldly family.

12. Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life’s lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow.

13. Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.

14. Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of one’s will within this universe.

15. Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.

16. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your own actions.

17. Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others – especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.

18. Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.

19. Respect others religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others.

20. Share your good fortune with others. Participate in charity.

 

Sweet Solstice, Sweet Summer!

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods

There is a rapture on the lonely shore

There is society, where none intrudes

By the deep sea and music in its roar

I love not man the less

but nature more.

-Lord Bryon

Sweet Solstice!  The nectar of summer absorbed by all of the senses…

The layers of myriad greens, the sensuous breeze, the fragrances of pine and honeysuckle and wild roses, the raven song, the textures of grass under bare legs…. these small yet large, simple yet complex pleasures feed my soul.

Happy Summer, Happy Solstice, Happy Long Languid Days!!

Grateful for the Earth

Respect and care for our planet is every day.  With each breath pure nature sustains us at the most fundamental and genuine level of being.

Every Day is Earth Day.

Thank you Mother Nature for your gracious, overwhelming gifts.

I am forever in gratitude.

 

“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.”

-Gaylord Nelson

“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”

-William Shakespeare

“On Earth Day, we celebrate all the gifts the world and nature make available to us. We recognize our complete dependence on its bounty. And we acknowledge the need for good stewardship to preserve its fruits for future generations.”

-John Hoeven

“When you become scientifically literate, I claim, you become an environmentalist.”

-Bill Nye

Understanding the Language of Nature

Forest Stump, Trail of the Cedars

The language that nature uses, how do we touch it, know it?  It surely exists on a plane that some access readily, but most humans aren’t close enough to understand.

I love this time lapse video showing the loveliness of mushrooms sprouting from the forest floor, their umbrellas unfurling majestically.  It speaks to me, but the language is clearer, louder when I’m the forest itself, listening…. listening.

 

The Wanderer

“Let yourself fall in love with nature. Visit new places and discover your own back yard. Spend more time outside watching sunrises and sunsets. Make time to star gaze. Stand barefoot in the beautiful earth and reconnect your soul. To the energy that created you. You are a part of a magnificent universe. Take the time to be present with it all. Allow nature to feed your soul. Those who wander will never feel lost.”

-Carly Marie

Visit new places

and discover your own back yard

Dandelion

 

 

 

 

 

Spend more time outside watching sunrises

October Sunrise

 

and sunsets

Sunrise, Cedar Key

 

Make time to star gaze

Polebridge, Milky Way

Stand barefoot on the beautiful earth. To the energy that created you. You are a part of a magnificent universe. Take the time to be present with it all. Allow nature to feed your soul. Those who wander will never feel lost.”

Foot on a Rock

Remembering How to Be

“If you ever find yourself empty from something you cannot know or name, find a stretch of ocean, a field, or mountainside, or even clouds or trees. Because there are 1,000 simple ways to fill your tired soul so you can remember how to be, how to see, and most importantly, how to breathe.”

-Victoria Erickson

Sunrise over the Ocean

Clouds 2014