Wednesday, August 19, 2009


“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir
When our children were still infants, we began walking in nature with them, carrying them at first in a "snuggly", a front-carrier. When each of our three sons learned to walk, we took them out into the forest, through fields and meadows, along lakesides, up mountain trails; anywhere out in creation. There is no surprise today that each of our grown sons love being out in nature. One has become a Marine Scientist, working directly in the natural habitat of the intertidal zone at the edge of the land and sea. One is a painter, loving recreating scenes of nature, including a 4 foot by 6 foot painting of Haystack Rock at sunset hanging on our wall in our living room. Our youngest son has a passion for nature photography. This evening, while walking in nature, we witnessed a bald eagle swoop down from a circle in the sky and pluck a frog from the lakeside where we were enjoying sunset. Later, we also soaked in the golden peace of sunset reflected upon the "S" curves of the local river as it headed to the sea just one or two more bends through the dunes. Standing there in a zenlike quiet was a Heron, reflected in perfect golden glory. As John Muir practiced over and again in his adventurous life walking in nature, when we walk in nature, we always receive more than we seek.

Family Activity: Try going out this week for a family nature walk. Walk around the block if you live in suburbia, and pay close attention to different patterns in nature, including water droplets from the neighbor's sprinkler, and shapes of grass blades. If possible, bring home a few of these patterns and put them on your window sills for later reflection.

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