Tunes for a Monday Morning
Children in the woods

Wild Daffodils

Daffodils 2

Tree patterns


When we get out of the glass bottles of our own ego,
and when we escape like squirrels turning in the
      cages of our personality
and get into the forests again,
we shall shiver with cold and fright
but things will happen to us
so that we don't know ourselves.

Cold, unlying life will rush in,
and passion will make our bodies taut with power,
we shall stamp our feet with new power
and old things will fall down,
we shall laugh, and institutions will curl up like
      burnt paper.

- D.H. Lawrence  (1885-1930)

(from The Complete Poems of D.H. Lawrence,
Wordsworth Poetry Library, 1994)


"It seems that there is a virtue and a wisdom in keeping some things beyond our reach: that the protection of wilderness itself is imperative....We have touched, and are consuming, everything. The world is very old, and we are so new. I like the feeling of awe -- what the late writer Wallace Stegner called 'the birth of awe' -- in beholding wild country not reduced by man. I like to remember that it is wild country that gives rise to wild animals; and that the marvelous specificity of wild animals reminds us to wake up, to let our senses be inflamed by every scent and sound and sight and taste and touch of the world. I like to remember that we are not here forever, and not here alone, and that the respect with which we behold the wild world matters, if anything does.'' 

  - Rick Bass (The Wild Marsh)

Spring flowers

Daffodils 3

“In motivating people to love and defend the natural world, an ounce of hope is worth a ton of despair."  - George Monbiot (Feral)

Feral by George Monbiot