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  1. r
    rudyesco83

    Watching those lone clouds in the high altitude at sunset. There is beauty in the solace.

    3 years ago
  2. M
    Mike

    Watching geese land in V-formation on a pond once drove a multitude of depressed and resentful thoughts out of my head.

    3 years ago
  3. Malag

    A wood of deciduous trees, dolphins jumping in the boat wake, mountains, a glistening sea, the dog in his slumber

    3 years ago
  4. Elaine

    The aspects of interrelatedness and regeneration are deeply inspiring.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      😊 Yes they are, aren’t they? ❤

      3 years ago
  5. B
    Brown Rose

    The sound of crashing body of water.

    3 years ago
  6. d
    db82258

    Carol, I love your poem.

    3 years ago
  7. Carol

    I have a squirrel who comes to eat in my back yard. One day, I realized he was injured. I could see a large red spot on the end of his left front leg. but couldn’t get close enough to examine it. I found myself watching for him every day and noticed the red area getting smaller. Now it is gone and it is obvious that he has lost use of his left hand. It just hangs there and he eats with his right hand. When he runs he uses the joint above it (his wrist?) to lean on. He’s a survivor. The other thing that comes to mind is watching the cycle of the trees. It’s finally getting cold enough to change the colors of the leaves. We can learn so much about our own life from the cycle of the seasons which is always reflected in the trees in NE Kansas where we have all four seasons of weather. Several years ago, I wrote a poem about what the trees have taught me. I share it below:
    The Wisdom of Trees by Carol Ann Conner

    The Cycle of the Seasons
    teaches us about beliefs.
    It teaches us that they are like leaves
    on the Tree of Life.

    Every Spring they appear,
    young, innocent, and green.
    They dress the barren branches
    with new life.

    They nurture the tree
    and purify the air for us,
    absorbing toxins and
    releasing life-giving oxygen.

    Then in a sacrificial blaze
    of autumn color,
    they fall, hugging the earth,
    and enriching its soil.

    They become
    a loving sacrifice
    to feed the roots
    of a greater awareness.

    3 years ago
    1. Melissa

      Yes, ” feeding the roots of greater awareness… “Thank you for sharing this poem on trees.

      3 years ago
    2. Mary Pat

      Very good! Thank you for sharing the poem…I love trees, so this is really special to me….

      3 years ago
      1. Carol

        Thanks, Mary Pat, Glad you enjoyed the poem.

        3 years ago
    3. Holly in Ohio

      Wow, Carol. Your poetry is always so lovely, so meaningful. I would love to hold a book of your poems in my hand. ❤

      3 years ago
      1. Carol

        Thank you, Holly. What a kind thing to say. I’m reading a book that has been in my home library for many years. I reread it from time to time. I bet your local library could get it for you on library loan if they don’t have it on their shelves. It’s called “The Way to Love” and it’s written by Anthony de Mello. I think you would enjoy it very much. Blessings, Carol

        3 years ago
        1. d
          db82258

          I have read the book “Awareness” by Anthony de Mellow a dozen times. Thank you for the reminder.

          3 years ago
          1. Carol

            Blossom, I have de Mello’s book “Awareness” and it is a wonderful book. You can find a pocket size edition of de Mello’a “The Way to Love” on Amazon at a very reasonable price.

            3 years ago
        2. Holly in Ohio

          Thank you, dear heart. I will look for it!!!!

          3 years ago
  8. Holly in Ohio

    Beauty, sustainability, balance, cycles, freshness, abundance, economy, ingenuity, renewal.

    The more I learn and understand of nature, the more amazing it is to me and the more curious I become.

    3 years ago
  9. O.Christina

    The sound of wind rustling through leaves, its tender touch to the beauty of all nature around, the sound it creates when a soft breeze let the weaves arrive at the shore along the beach where I walked barefoot in the sand, or hearing the birds start to sing just when the daylight arrives.

    3 years ago
  10. A
    ALICIA

    Trees, canopy of branches and leaves covering me as I walk through. The wonder of the years of the tree with its tell tale bark and markings. Ocean tides changing -coming and receding as i am able to dip feet in….standing in an ocean cove and the feel of the incoming tide…rush of streams over old rocks and sand…the river winding away and hidden by the meandering curves and trees at its banks…the humming moth…so silent, so busy, so elegant…soft grass under feet….scent of rosa rugosa and lilacs…
    Night-moon or no moon…constellations. I know I will be out on the deck or in the pasture in a lounge chair wrapped up in a down coat and sleeping bag…just a feeling of peace and connection….and wondering who is watching with me somewhere else in the dark.
    I wish I could have you all with me….those of you who would want to be there. For me, it is better experience to share…
    6 deer crossed near my house. My neighbor patiently waited for them to walk by her car…she “shooed” a little one who was not keeping up . Instead of the baby going with the group, she came to investigate my friend….mother doe stomped her foot and the baby left the side of the car….all these things make me feel alive and well and joyful.

    3 years ago
  11. Don Jones

    This whole lovely little blue planet. I wonder at the way it is swept up in the vortex of our sun, like a speck of dust. Then I wonder as our sun in turn takes on dust size proportions as it too is swept along in the vortex of something much larger. It, is all part of the cosmic murmuration. Here is an example for those not familiar with the term: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV54oa0SyMc

    3 years ago
  12. d
    dcdeb

    Trees trees and more trees.

    3 years ago
    1. Mary Pat

      Amen!!!

      3 years ago
  13. Cathie

    The interconnectedness of all things is an inspiration.
    As an example on a game reserve in Africa we learned how delicate the balance nature is – and how necessary all things are for life.

    We were taught there needed to be enough plants for the nyala and enough nyala for the carnivores such as cheetahs and lions.
    Initially we thought how cruel this was that some of the cute nyala would be food, but after watching cute baby cheetahs with nothing to eat for a few days, and the guide telling us if mama cheetah doesn’t make a kill in the next day, the babies will die, we realized that there is a web of life. We understood the balance of nature in a new way and we decided to be more grateful for the plants and the animals that make up our food.

    3 years ago
  14. d
    db82258

    The energy and inexplicable trust inside of me that helps me grow, is just like the energy and miraculous pulse of Mother Earth and all her majesty. I would sell it short if I tried to put it on one thing.

    “Look up at the sky and let your heart get that big,
    Put your ear to the earth and listen to the grass grow.
    The earth and the sky will save you, again and again”
    author unknown

    3 years ago
  15. Linda

    All trees. They are a miracle of nature and so lovely to look at. They clean the air and provide shade and food for wildlife.

    3 years ago
  16. pkr

    Redwood Trees. A gift from the Almighty. An absolute Joy to behold & to ground with. I am blessed, as I am surrounded by these “giants”.

    3 years ago
  17. Hot Sauce

    I love the diversity of flowers in nature (oh my gosh! The flowers in Hawaii; you have to see these before you kick the bucket!). As a Unitarian Universalist, these have special symbolic value to me because, in the flower communion ritual we do in the Spring, we celebrate unity in diversity by having a large bouquet of flowers from which everybody takes a flower home as a reminder that, in our individual uniqueness, we make up a beautiful “bouquet” together and contribute something to the whole of the community.

    3 years ago
    1. Mary Pat

      I agree about the flowers in Hawaii…..and I, too, am a UU. The flower communion is special to me as well for the same reason….

      3 years ago
  18. Mica

    After reading the question, I went out onto my balcony, where my many balcony plants calm and delight me. Tree bark often delights me. But inspiration – mica! Over 14 yrs ago I took a piece of mica that I had collected 8 months earlier from a spot in the Eastern woods labeled ‘mica mine’ on the map, and I put it under the dissecting microscope in my apartment and put a drop of water on it and watched the water seep between the mica sheets and looked at the bits of green stuff growing at the step edge – and came up with an idea for the origin of life between mica sheets that I’m still pursuing!

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      🙂 I used to find Mica when I was a little girl. I don’t know if my dad helped me or not but once I found it I discovered I could separate the sheets if I were very careful. Since meeting you I have wondered why I don’t find mica now. All I can guess is that perhaps I’m not as observant, or perhaps there is not as much undisturbed soil these days. But I will keep looking!

      3 years ago
      1. Michele

        I remember when I was a young girl my dad would take my brother and me to Wissahickon Valley Park and there was mica in the rocks there. I like that if you grind mica up it is ‘fairy dust’.

        3 years ago
      2. Mica

        Yes – I’ll go with the ‘disturbed’ soil thought, Holly. It’s probably like the book, “Remarkable Creatures,” where 2 women discovered huge fossils in 19th century England. We’re all big collectors, and the exciting stuff disappears.
        I first developed my fondness for mica when we used it to put biological samples on, for atomic force microscopy. Mica is so flat that the microscope can feel bare double-stranded DNA on the mica. We peeled our mica discs with scotch tape to get a clean surface. Thanks for your interest 🤗

        3 years ago
        1. Holly in Ohio

          Did you know of this use of mica?
          “The year: circa 30 A.D. The place: Rome. Royal physicians have warned the ailing emperor Tiberius that he must eat a cucumber every day. So begins construction of a specularium, a house dedicated to growing plants. Constantly maintained fires outside the stone walls heat the air inside. A translucent roof crafted from thin sheets of mica allows sunlight indoors. The greenhouse is born!” – from davesgarden.com

          3 years ago
          1. Mica

            Thank you, Holly – what fun! Someone sent me a photo of a mica window in a Native American Village, and mica was used for windows in wood stoves.

            3 years ago
  19. Melissa

    Trees that speak to me and I to them. I am grateful for their beauty. How they provide for each other underground. Their branches and leaves protection for birds, small mammals, and insects. Seeds they carry like acorns that become huge oaks. Amazing!

    3 years ago
  20. L
    Lauryn

    Mountains. I always wanted to live somewhere where I could see them first thing walking out my door —- that happened for a brief period when I lived just outside LA. At that time I also had a view of them from my office window downtown. Back on the east coast, the Green Mountains in Vermont hold a special place in my heart. I hope someday I’ll get a chance to spend part of the year living there.

    3 years ago
  21. GregC

    The birds in our back yard feeding, drinking, and bathing.

    3 years ago
  22. Cintia

    Everything!

    “I see trees of green
    Red roses too
    I see them bloom
    For me and you
    And I think to myself
    What a wonderful world
    I see skies of blue
    And clouds of white
    The bright blessed day
    The dark sacred night
    And I think to myself
    What a wonderful world…

    Yes, I think to myself
    What a wonderful world Ooh, yes”

    3 years ago
    1. Mary Pat

      I can hear Louis Armstrong singing it…

      3 years ago
    2. Sandra

      Ah, perfect Cintia! Thank you for reminding me of this song. It is indeed, a wonderful world! 😊🌍

      3 years ago
    3. Kim

      I am with you…I can’t chose (although I am thoroughly enjoying the specific sharing other folks have posted)…it is a bit like monkey mind when I go outside…the sky is amazing…but look at that moon …then the bright colour of my dahlia catches my eye…finally it has bloomed and wow is that perfection even real…and then the whiskey jack calls my attention upwards…and in moving my face upwards I inhale deeply am have a whole body experience of the delight of crisp fall air….and on…and on…and on…

      3 years ago
      1. A
        ALICIA

        I have attempted to look up sound of whiskey jack and will find it….I saw the pictures. What a pretty bird. Delightful…

        3 years ago
      2. Sandra

        This is beautiful, Kim. You have captured the wondrous beauty of it all. I am imagining your joy at all the marvels as you step outside. We only have to take the time to notice what is all around us 😊

        3 years ago
  23. JayJacks

    Cliffs. with their rocky, perfectly imperfect edges. They do not try to be cliffs, they simply are and accept it. They are different shapes, colors, have different stories, different amounts of time in which they’ve existed. They are ever present and provide grounding. They can be climbed and have a start and finish, a journey. Cliffs are so wonderful that people from all over the world have been climbing them for a millenia and more. Some seek out cliffs to get a better view of the world, others to seek out life from a different view. And even others still have sought their shade and protection from the elements. It is cliffs that today inspire me and remind me of my own journey.

    3 years ago
  24. SK

    The sky, the clouds, the mountains and how trees are rooted so deep in the earth to stand so tall among us and how they dance in the breeze and wave to me glittering and so happy.

    3 years ago
  25. Katrina

    Stars, clouds, the colors of the sky, changing seasons, but mostly the ocean. There’s a whole other world there with its own life that rages, stills, and has its own being. I wouldn’t want to be unable to experience the variations of the natural world.

    3 years ago
  26. Sandra

    I draw so much inspiration from the natural world. Looking at the view from my windows is inspiring. It’s a pastoral scene, a valley with a lot of grass and trees, cattle at times, and a wide open sky. Standing outside I can hear the trickling water in the stream at the bottom of the valley and perhaps the call of a buzzard. Always the twittering of small birds. But a universal aspect of the natural world would be the deepness of the night sky and the brightness of stars. Before bed last night I almost missed the brilliance of ursula major, there to my right as I looked left. Gazing at the stars never fails to inspire awe and gratitude.

    3 years ago
    1. Linda

      Sounds absolutely beautiful, Sandra!

      3 years ago
  27. sunnypatti48317

    All of them!! I love nature and all of her various forms. The ocean has been my number 1 for years. As a surfer, it has been my sanctuary. The waves allow me to let go of the world and truly “be here now.” The way they flow in and out. The way the wind effects them.

    And the wind brings me to the sky, which I am totally infatuated with. From sunrise to sunset and everything in between. I love the sun, how it nourishes us with vitamin D, helps plants grow, warms us… and the moon, how it changes every single day, how it hangs differently in the sky this time of year. How my body is so in tune with it’s rhythms.

    And then there are the trees! I love trees – they remind us to look up! They go thru the seasons, discarding the old in preparation for the new, standing tall thru it all.

    I could go on and on, but I think I got my favorites in, so I’ll end it here. I hope everyone has a lovely day!

    3 years ago
  28. Jade

    The ocean. It brings me peace within and it takes all of my problems away even if it’s for a slight moment.

    3 years ago
  29. Patricia

    The rhythms of the seasons… I also love everything from the grand beauty of a star-filled sky in my northern latitudes to finding worms humbly and efficiently working my garden soil. I thank them all.

    3 years ago
  30. Nelson

    The quietness of sunrises. I live in a busy suburb so that contradiction of sound at those moments always catch my attention. It’s so peaceful. Also, I love watching the sunset. Watching the sky turn colors and ultimately evening. There’s a sense of completion and time to move on.

    3 years ago
  31. Maurice Frank

    The interconnectedness and interdependence of all things living and non-living.

    3 years ago
  32. Marnie Jackson

    Big spaces, water, new adventures

    3 years ago
  33. EJP

    The ocean which is strong and powerful, yet calm and peaceful at times, always a source of wonder and amazement with its ever changing existence.

    3 years ago
  34. devy

    The wildlife and trees with the solitude that each brings as i hike through a national park nearby. It inspires me by putting my fears and concerns away to concentrate on the beauty that mother nature provides.gratitude fills my soul..

    3 years ago
  35. DeVonna

    The stars. A clear night sky where the millions of tiny lights are on display never fails to inspire and move me. To think that I am just a miniscule particle in comparison put all my troubles in perspective. And combined with my faith, I believe there is a God somewhere who created and oversees the chaos on this beautiful blue orb we call earth. It gives me peace and hope.

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      Oh, DeVonna, I can only remember such a starry sight from my youth. I’m glad to read about the inspiration you get from them 🤗

      3 years ago
  36. Mary Pat

    I first found the ocean in Hawaii, and fell in love with it….I do not live near the ocean at all, so I make use of https://explore.org/livecams/hawaii/hawaii-waimea-bay-cam or just go to the ocean cams site….it depends…
    I do love the wooded areas as well, and find much comfort in being among the trees. And when my husband and I go hiking, I get that same special feeling being surrounded by Nature….

    3 years ago
  37. Kevin

    Almost every aspect of the natural world are a source of inspiration and wonder to me. But if I must choose, it would have to be the ocean. It’s very being, ever changing and becoming, feels my senses with wonder and my heart and soul with energy, calm, and connection.

    3 years ago
  38. Michele

    Pretty much all of nature can be a source of inspiration to me. There is much beauty and resilience that are truly amazing.

    3 years ago
  39. Antoinette

    The sun is an example of a source of inspiration to me. No matter what the weather is it’s always there. It shines out to all of us no matter what. It gives constantly of itself. The sun keeps us warm like love.

    3 years ago
  40. Dusty Su

    The ever-changing, incredibly powerful, life-sustaining ocean. My church, where I meet God.

    3 years ago
  41. Christine

    Basically everything in nature touches me and inspires me. I am also very fond of the micro world. I can spend hours with my LCD microscope looking at the smallest of the smallest that is busy with survival. It is a very quiet and wonderful world.

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      A microscope is such a gift, isn’t it Christine? I love looking at things through mine. Enjoy!

      3 years ago
      1. Christine

        Indeed, Mica. I continue to be amazed at the life and the beauty of it. For you too, enjoy.

        3 years ago

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