It is pretty wellknown that we Birds are responsible for bringing our native Minnesota’s snowy weather with us out to Colorado this year. Colorado Springs had a couple heavy snowfalls last week while Minnesota, which last year had about 3 feet at this point, has nothing much to speak of.
Sorry, or, Thank you. Take whichever you prefer.
Have you ever looked at a snowflake? My sister has this coffe table book called Snowflakes: Featuring the Amazing Micro-Photography of Kenneth Libbrecht. This is the first year that I have actually looked through the whole thing. Breathtaking.
(See more about the subject at www.SnowCrystals.com)
Throughout the book there are a number of quotes. Allow me to share some with you.
AND HERE COMES THE SNOW, A LANGUAGE IN WHICH NO WORD IS EVER REPEATED.
–William Mathews (1942-1997),
an American poet and essayist
“THE QUESTION IS NOT WHAT YOU LOOK AT, BUT WHAT YOU SEE.”
– Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862),
American author, naturalist, pacifist, philosopher, and transcendentalist
“IF I HAD INFLUENCE WITH THE GOOD FAIRY WHO IS SUPPOSED TO PRESIDE OVER THE CHRISTENING OF ALL CHILDREN, I SHOULD ASK THAT HER GIFT TO EACH CHILD IN THE WORLD BE A SENSE OF WONDER SO INDESTRUCTIBLE THAT IT WOULD LAST THROUGHOUT LIFE. “
–Rachel Carson (1907-1964),
writer, scientist, and ecologist from Pennsylvania
“THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING WE CAN EXPERIENCE IS THE MYSTERIOUS. IT IS THE SOURCE OF ALL TRUE ART AND SCIENCE. HE TO WHOM THIS EMOTION IS A STRANGER, WHO CAN NO LONGER PAUSE TO WONDER AND STAND RAPT IN AWE, IS AS GOOD AS DEAD: HIS EYES ARE CLOSED.”
– Stanislaw Ulam (1909-1984),
“NATURE DOES NOTHING USELESSLY.”
– Aristotle (394 BC – 322 BC),
“ONE CANNOT FIX ONE’S EYES ON THE COMMONEST NATURAL PRODUCTION WITHOUT FINDING FOOD FOR A RAMBLING FANCY.”
– Jane Austen (1775-1817), English novelist
“IN ALL THINGS OF NATURE THERE IS SOMETHING OF THE MARVELOUS.”
“NEW BEAUTY MEETS US AT EVERY STEP IN ALL OUR WANDERINGS.”
– John Muir (1838-1914),
Scottish-American naturalist, author, and preservationist
“THE PURSUIT OF TRUTH AND BEAUTY IS A SPHERE OF ACTIVITY IN WHICH WE ARE PERMITTED TO REMAIN CHILDREN ALL OUR LIVES.”
– Albert Einstein (1879-1955),
German-born theoretical physicist
“THEY SAY THAT EVERY SNOWFLAKE IS DIFFERENT.
IF THAT WERE TRUE, HOW COULD THE WORLD GO ON?
HOW COULD WE EVER GET UP OFF OUR KNEES?
HOW COULD WE EVER RECOVER FROM THE WONDER OF IT?”
– Jeanette Winterson (b. 1959),
“THOSE WHO DWELL AMONG THE BEAUTIES AND MYSTERIES OF THE EARTH ARE NEVER ALONE OR WEARY OF LIFE.”– Rachel Carson
“NO SNOWFLAKE EVER FALLS IN THE WRONG PLACE.”– Zen Proverb
“NOT WHAT WE HAVE, BUT WHAT WE ENJOY, CONSTITUTES OUR ABBUNDANCE.”– Jean Antoine Petit-Senn (1792-1870),
Does that make them any less beautiful?