Coming Into The Light – Installment 2

by imageguy

Here’s a continuation of photos and quotes from my book, Coming Into The Light / An Invitation. Others have been posted earlier under other subjects without the quotes, but you get the idea. Enjoy.

Page 47

“Every part of nature teaches that the passing away of one life is the making of room for another. The oak dies down to the ground, leaving within its rind a virgin mould, which will impart a vigorous life to an infant forest.” – Henry David Thoreau

Page 51

“Into every empty corner, into all forgotten things and nooks, Nature struggles to pour life, pouring life into the death, life into life itself.” – Henry Beston

Page 53

“They that waved so loftily, how contentedly they return to dust again and are laid low, resigned to lie and decay at the foot of the tree and afford nourishment to new generations of their kind, as well as to flutter on high! How they are mixed up, all species, -oak and maple and chestnut and birch! They are about to add a leaf’s breadth to the depth of the soil. We are all the richer for their decay. Nature is not cluttered with them. She is a perfect husbandman; she stores them all.” – Henry David Thoreau

Page 71

“I walk over the hills, to compare great things with small, as through a gallery of pictures, ever and anon looking through a gap in the wood, as through the frame of a picture, to a more distant wood or hillside, painted with several more coats of air…” – Henry David Thoreau

Page 75

“A field of water betrays the spirit that is in the air. It has new life and motion. It is intermediate between land and sky. On land, only the grass and trees wave, but the water itself is rippled by the wind. I see the breeze dash across it in streaks and flakes of light. It is somewhat singular that we should look down on the surface of water. We shall look down on the surface of air next, and mark where a still subtler spirit sweeps over it…” – Henry David Thoreau

Page 91

“Come forth into the light of things, let Nature be your teacher.” – Wordsworth

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