1445. It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of “wonder and humility.” ~Rachel Carson

Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen,
among the beauties and mysteries of the earth,
are never alone or weary of life.
~Rachel Carson

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What is that I hear? What is it I see? What’s that smell floating along on the breeze? Are they things returning once again to remind me that just like that with a sound, a sight, and a scent winter falls slowly but surely into spring, glorious, glorious spring? Could it be that time of year has come when the greens are greener, the colors are fresher, the fragrances sweeter? Have we at last traversed winter’s domain of quietness, of drabness, of blandness to find once more that hope is tangible, love is in the air, and the “beauties and mysteries” of the earth yet have a way of filling old and young alike with wonder and humility? If so, which of these photographic delights might be the “proof in the pudding?”

Is it the forsythia I saw above?

Or is it this that was right behind it?

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Or is it these side by side hellebores?

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Or perhaps it is the glowing whiteness of this Magnolia Stellata?

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Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. ~Psalm 85:11 ✝

**All photos taken by Natalie

21 thoughts on “1445. It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of “wonder and humility.” ~Rachel Carson

      • Right now I’m just glad I live on the 16th floor of the tallest building in town. The Ohio is in flood stage, and has been for almost a month, and we are also surrounded by Green River, Rough River, Pamther Creek, and several other normally small waterways, all flooding from the intermittent but persistent rain we are getting. We saw the sun one afternoon, but the temperature was in the upper 20’s and due to the wind tunnel effect created by our building nobody wanted to venture outside except the smokers who are so hooked they would go out in a blizzard for a cancer stick! But I know spring will be here one day soon, and I just got a Blue Majestic Orchid to brighten my mood so all is well! Thanks, sis!

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  1. I know, it’s exciting…but oddly it’s 27 degrees this morning. Yesterday’s high was only in the 40’s—yet here we have a greening and blooming—they’re saying for the next three weeks we’ll do this roller coaster things—Winter, Spring, Winter, Spring—Winter be damned I say—time to move on 🙂

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