Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. -Gary Snyder
“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”― William Blake
The value of experience is not in seeing much but in seeing wisely.- Sir William Osler
“The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives”-Native American Proverb
“Nature is so much bigger than people think.” -Craig Ratay
This is my dad. He told me this when we were sitting on a blanket at a folk music festival a while back. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but over the years, I’ve found myself repeating it to others. It seems so simple, but truly, the vastness of the Earth and its natural systems is too much for some people to comprehend.
On the other hand, our contribution as humans to this vastness needs desperately to be recognized. I guess it’s going to have to take some kind of reconciliation between the overwhelm of how big Nature really is, and how much we affect it on a large scale.
Whatever the case, happy birthday, Papa. Thanks for teaching me to think big.