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Saturday, April 09, 2005

Nature

A few minutes ago, NBC Nightly News showed the cherry blossoms in Washington, DC, near the tidal pool (or basin). The blossoms were beautiful. A few weeks ago, I got to work (our new office is surrounded by trees) and all the Bradford pear trees were in full bloom. Beautiful! Even after the blossoms began to blow off the trees in our Oklahoma wind, the parking lot was awash with white petals and that was a pleasant experience, too.

Just this morning, after sunrise, but still early, I was out and about and the most beautiful cloud formations were gathered in the eastern sky with sunbeams shining through here and there. And I have seen countless sunrises and sunsets which are breathtaking in their beauty--the formations of clouds, the colors varying from deep purple through peach and apricot and pink to bright orange. I have watched the sky, when there were no clouds, changing from black to green to blue as the sun neared its rising.

All these things make me think of our Heavenly Father. I greatly appreciate the blessing He gave us of a beautiful world to live in. It lifts the spirit and enlivens the mind. It brings a smile, and sometimes joyful laughter. Other times, it brings a quiet peaceful feeling.

There are so many things to enjoy. Even in photographs and paintings, one sees the beauty in nature. Seeing the beauty in person, however, seems to go deeper into one's soul.

I grew up in the country. We saw deer in the yard, cottontail rabbits and jackrabbits, ducks, geese, bluebirds, bluejays, and cardinals. There were wild turkeys and quail. Fish in ponds and streams and lakes. Grass and flowers and trees add beauty, too. Then there are rock formations and patches of sand blown into lovely designs by the wind. At night, there was a sky full of stars and planets and the moon. There were thunderstorms putting on a light show. There were mornings of waking to frost or even ice covering everything and sparkling like diamonds when the sun rose. In summers bees and butterflies and dragonflies and lightning bugs added their touches of color and light to the scenery.

I live in the city now. I still find nature around, though not as fully. The redbuds bloom in the spring as well as the Bradford pear trees. There are flowers of all kinds and birds, too. Until recently, we had geese in the field just north of our office. It's not uncommon to see ducks and geese walking along the streets as I pass near a small lake on the way to church. Redbreasted robins have been flying about, gathering nesting material. The year-round pigeons are often of lovely colors, some with irridesent greens and purples to complement their delicate gray and white feathers.

We can see nature in our pets--our cats and dogs and guinea pigs and hamsters. Beautiful fish glowing in aquariums. We can go to the zoo and enjoy more exotic animals. One of my favorite memories is petting a giraffe. The baby animals are so cute and lively.

I find that even the memories of natural things I have seen can lift my spirits. I remember the snowcapped mountains in Arizona and the rock formations in New Mexico. I think of a boat ride on Lake Michigan. I remember family fishing trips to rivers and lakes and the enjoyment of those times.

I am so grateful to a Heavenly Father who cared to give us beauty and joy and fun in this world.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Barb said...

I so loved all of the details that helped me form images! I think that there is so much beauty right close to where we all live that we probably miss quite often. I noticed as I was nearing my home today after work a pretty tree with blossoms. Previous to that I had been absorbed in my own thoughts. How disappointed I was to think all the signs of early Spring that I may have missed a long the way.

6:42 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

I love the Bradford Pears and the Crepe Myrtles that come afterwards and the wild flowers in all the margins.

It can be a wonderful time in the South.

8:16 PM  
Blogger Amira said...

Mary, would you email me? amiralace@juno.com

I've liked reading your post about Spring. The daffodils have just started to open in my town, so I'm hoping that Spring is really here!

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Barb said...

I think nature allows us to fill up. We need to sometimes step back from life. For those who are creative, our minds need a break too. Step away from it all sometimes and just be. Refuel through the images in the world around you and the images in books that paint pictures in your mind. Well, my email is not working so I hope this post goes through! Enjoy Spring! Enjoy Life! Enjoy the moments that make up life! Enjoy Today! Enjoy now!

11:45 AM  

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