“It is better to know one mountain than to climb many.” — Indian Proverb
This is a valuable idea in Nature Study. If you visit the same location regularly you get a chance to observe changes in real time. For several months we hiked the same trail each week and it was amazing to see how aware we became of new buds, blooms, leaves, fruit, fungi, mushrooms, birds — not to mention changes in water level and run-off. You can do the same thing in your own backyard if you explore it regularly with open eyes!
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
O World, I cannot hold thee close enough!
Thy winds, thy wide gray skies!
Thy mists that roll and rise!
Thy woods, this autumn day, that ache and sag
And all but cry with colour! That gaunt crag
To crush! To lift the lean of that black bluff!
World, World, I cannot get thee close enough!
Long have I known a glory in it all,
But never knew I this:
Here such a passion is
As stretcheth me apart. Lord, I do fear
Thou’st made the world too beautiful this year,
My soul is all but out of me, let fall
No burning leaf; prithee, let no bird call.
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is
to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone
with the heavens, nature and God.
Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and
that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple
beauty of nature. I firmly believe that nature brings solace
in all troubles.
– Anne Frank
“Earth is crammed with heaven
and every common bush afire with God,
but only he who sees takes off his shoes,
the rest sit around and pick blackberries.”
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“It would be well if all we persons in authority, parents and all who act for parents, could make up our minds that there is no sort of knowledge to be got in these early years so valuable to children as that which they get for themselves of the world they live in. Let them once get touch with Nature, and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight through life. We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things.” — Charlotte Mason (I.61)