Walking With Nature

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”  – John Muir

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Eastern Chipmunk

“It feels good to be lost in the right direction.”  – Author Unknown

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“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle

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Green Heron

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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Ruby Meadowhawk (?)

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” – John Muir

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Stinging Nettle


“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” — Frank Lloyd Wright


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Verbena hastata (American vervain, blue vervain or swamp verbena)
(Thank you, Eliza, for the ID!)



“Time spent amongst trees is never wasted time.” – Katrina Mayer


65 thoughts on “Walking With Nature

  1. Very nice series. I love the thistle photo (try saying “love the thistle photo” fast three times). It’s as if the pink flower is being precariously balanced, waiting to fall with the first gust of wind. Kind of reminds me of a National Geographic photo of an African lady carrying a bundle on her head. 🙂

    • Thanks, David! And wow that is hard to say, lol, when I think I’ve got it, oops again. hehe I wasn’t quite sure on the thistle species, there are only 58 in North America. 😲 Made my head hurt like I was carrying something heavy on mine. 😉

  2. Thank you for taking me for this walk in the woods. I love pathways, quite taken by the wooden planks with the moss on the ends. I like the quotes, especially the ones by John Muir and Van Gogh. I tried to look up the flower, suspecting it is in the plantain family plantago matitima, but urge you to look that up. It is a pretty photo that is well lit.

    • You’re welcome, Jane, I am glad you enjoyed our walk together! There was an area in one of the preserves’ heavy forest that was so thick with moss, I wish I had taken time to try to photograph it more. The lighting was very poor, the few I took didn’t turn our well. But it was amazing to see all the moss, you can tell it’s been there a long time. 🙂

  3. I looked up John Muir and he was a founder of the Sierra Club, which was exclusive to privileged white people, and John Muir was a racist, saying derogatory things about black and indigenous people. Now the club is addressing it’s history and making changes by owning up to its history and making sure everyone is included. From some of my readings, I gather that john Muir was changing his views later in life but the Sierra club is going further to right the wrongs.

  4. Some of my favorite quotes and beautiful images to along with them. Are the pics all from the same place? Love those boardwalks. 😊

    • Thanks Irene! Actually from several nature preserves that we came across during day trips. We just meandered different directions and stopped here and there. Helped stretched our legs throughout the day! Oh yes, loved all the boardwalks we walked, even hubby liked them. 🙂

        • The preserve with the long boardwalk was both of our favorite of the preserves we stopped at. We stopped at several along the “Tunnel of Trees” scenic drive (M-119), I’m pretty sure it was one of those. We stopped at so many in several days, shame on me for not writing the preserve names down, I’m usually good at doing that. 🙄

          • Oh, I am horrible at remembering names of places I have been. Thanks for the name of the scenic drive. Might be fun to go on a boardwalk hunt. 😁

  5. I am sorry to be added to the list of those who can’t identify your flower but I am glad to be added to the list of those who really enjoyed your walk.

  6. Verbena hastata (American vervain, blue vervain or swamp verbena) 🙂
    Love these wonderful trail shots, Donna. Next best thing to being there. 😉
    Coincidentally, I’m leading a Shinrin-Roku (Japanese Forest Bathing) workshop tomorrow, teaching the power of nature to reduce stress and anxiety. Good stuff! 🙂

    • I knew you would know, Eliza! 🥰 Thanks for the ID! Oh, I’d love to attend your workshop. I know first hand and agree on the positive powers of nature. All of our sensories come alive and our laden hearts can feel peace and serenity. I love the saying that has different takes, but goes something like, “Spend 20 minutes with nature. If you’re too busy, spend an hour.” 😊

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