Thursday, June 23, 2011

A walk through the woods....

This is the last post from Huntley Meadows, at least until we go next time.

"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods."
~a line from Lord Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage~

"Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise."
~George Washington Carver~

Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.
~ Ancient Indian Proverb ~

"The oldest living thing in existence is not a giant redwood, but a bristlecone pine in the White Mountains of California, dated to be aged 4,600 years old."
~Plants and Botany Trivia~

"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
~Greek Proverb~
If there is magic on the planet, it is contained in the water.
~Loren Eisley~

"Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own, and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.
~John Muir~
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
An eternity in an hour."

~William Blake~

"The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man."

~Author Unknown~

"Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do."
~Michel de Montaigne ~
French Philosopher and Writer (1533-1592)
"If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys."
~Chief Dan George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, British Columbia, Canada~

"Thank God they cannot cut down the clouds!"
~Henry David Thoreau~

"As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen unselfconsciously to the soughing of the trees."

~Valerie Andrews~
A Passion for this Earth

"Children are born naturalists. They explore the world with all of their senses, experiment in the environment, and communicate their discoveries to those around them."
~The Audubon Nature Preschool~


  1. Bonjour dear Denise,
    Love the quote from Lord Byron's, this pictures are great, this place a paradise, a blessing from mother's nature!

  2. I love to walk in the woods Denise. Thanks for taking on this pretty trail. Wonderful photos.

  3. WE need to care of our planet, nobody else will!
    Thank you for reminding us.
    Jane x

  4. Perfect quotations to accompany your beautiful photos, Denise. We should all be more child-like in our approach to life, more wondering, more trusting.

  5. I liked the bloom sneeking up through the fern. Lovely treasures

  6. What a nice cool walk in the woods!

    Great pictures! - Good quotes as well!

  7. When we visited Huntley Meadows on Memorial Day, I was very happy to return to those woods. It was still hot but so much cooler in the woods than on the boardwalk! Nice pictures!

  8. That's a wonderful walk through the woods. I love seeing dense groupings of ferns like you shot.

  9. Looking at your pictures of the forest, I can imagine how fresh and clean the air must have been. Heavenly!

  10. Oh, Denise, thank you for posting these blogs on Huntley Meadow. Our family discovered it in the '80s and keep going back for another walk in the woods and on the boardwalk.

    You outdid yourself. LOVE THE QUOTES TO GO WITH THE PICS!!!!

  11. This is a wonderful wonderful post, Denise. It was heavenly to take this walk through the woods with you. The greenery was soothing and the words wise.

  12. Denise, I love all the marvelous quotes you paired with your photos. That is such a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  13. A beautiful post Denise. I agree with all comments.

  14. "A walk through the woods" - this is the phrase that inspired me to write my first poetry "Solitude" I submitted online that brought me to Washington DC to attend the ISP convention in 2005. What a lovely post you have today and such beautiful woodland. Green and so much alive. More importantly, I am quite drawn to the lovely quotes as well. If granted with your kind permission Denise, may I copy some of those wonderful quotes of yours? Hope you'll say yes. lol

  15. I just found your blog by accident by looking for stuff for Occoquan - Your photos of this park here are beautiful!!

  16. I love LOVE this, Denise. The Indian proverb is one of my absolute favorites. I wish all government people would take it to heart and protect our environment. This post is especially significant to me having just returned from the National Parks.

  17. That's a very special place. Hurry back out there and get some photos.

  18. Such a beautiful walk with you. Awe inspiring! I also loved the quotations that accompanied it :D)

  19. What a beautiful walk in the forest. I enjoyed it very much :)