Who is the Next Rachel Carson?
“Behind the squaw’s light birch canoe
The steamer rocks and raves,
And city lots are staked for sale
Above old Indian graves.” – John Greenleaf Whittier
While Whittier was speaking of his native New England this verse is true of most of our country.
Quote found in Out of Doors in Florida by Charles Simpson Torrey.
“Alone with uncovered head I bared my life, my all to the Great Power of the Universe, call it Nature, God, Jehovah, Allah, Brahma or whatever you will, and reverently worship.” – Charles Torrey Simpson
This is how I feel – early in the morning – camera in hand – walking in the sunshine. The quote is from the book Out of Doors in Florida written by Charles Torrey Simpson in 1923. He was a naturalist and who, like me, has made Florida his adopted home. More on the book over the next couple of days.
The tickseed is Florida’s state wildflower.
Out of Doors
“Nature is not easily discouraged, she recreates again and again that which has been destroyed” – Charles Torrey Simpson
Current read is a book about Florida called Out of Doors in Florida by Charles Torrey Simpson. Simpson was a naturalist who lived and studied Florida’s environment in the first part of the 20th century. While the above quote was specific to the roll fire plays in the Florida environment, it is true no matter what or who is the destroyer. And it applies to us as well.
“What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”- Henry David Thoreau
The more I read in Florida’s American Heritage River by Mallory M. O’Connor and Gary Monroe the greater appreciation I have for the lands along the St Johns River. I need to schedule a trip north a bit to explore Payne’s Prairie and the Oklawaha River – a tributary of the St Johns. It may have to wait until fall, dawn is getting to be too early for long range exploring, unless I leave at 4 AM – early even for me.
Quote found at https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/earth
I have been inspired by the Heritage Rivers book about the St Johns. So as the spring turns into summer here I’m going to focus more on landscapes. Here in Florida we are challenged by the terrain – there are vast expanses of flatness and this does not lend it self to traditional landscape photography. So please bear with me on my journey and perhaps we can discover something! But don’t worry there will still be ample birds, bugs, and flowers.
In Marjorie’s Wake
“I do not understand how a man can live without some small place of enchantment” – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Watched a video last night “In Marjorie’s Wake” from PBS by Equinox Documentaries. Highly recommended to all. It is about 2 women who recreate a trip that Marjorie Rawlings and a friend took over 75 years ago along the St John’s River. She was an author who preserves the memories of old Florida in her fiction. Cross Creek and the Yearling are two of her most famous.
This video goes through my “place of enchantment” not so small but magical.
Quote found at https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/46158.Marjorie_Kinnan_Rawlings
Still More Rousseau
“Nothing makes me so happy than to observe nature and paint what I see” – Henri Rousseau
Finished my last available book on Rousseau Portrait of a Primitive by Ronald Alley excellent biography and a good chronology of his works.
I continue my quest to capture greenery and portray it in Rousseau’s style. I’ve said this before, I need to develop some contrast somehow. I’ll continue to work on it.
Quote found at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/henri_rousseau.html
The Accidental Universe
“Suppose time is a circle, bending back on itself. The world repeats itself, precisely, endlessly.” Alan Lightman
I’ve been delinquent on my book reporting. I am behind a few. The Accidental Universe by Alan Lightman is a wonderful collection of essays guaranteed to keep your brain tumbling for days.
My favorite segment was when he explained why bees make hexagonal wax compartments in the honeycombs. Turns out that the hexagon is a shape that can be made and fitted together with the least amount of wax, and it will always fit anywhere so bees can work independently on their chambers and connect them later – assured that the comb will be perfect. Amazing!!
Quote found at https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/8933.Alan_Lightman?page=1