Nature Heals


Nature doth thus kindly heal every wound. By the meditation
of a thousand little mosses and fungi, the most unsightly
objects become radiant of beauty. There seem to be two sides
of this world, presented us at different times, as we see things
in growth or dissolution, in life or death. For seen with the
eye of the poet, as God sees them, all things are alive and beautiful;
but seen with the historical eye, or eye of the memory, they are
dead and offensive. If we see Nature as pausing, immediately all
mortifies and decays, but seen as progressing, she is beautiful.

source: Henry David Thoreau Journal, 1842
image: Eddie Two Hawks, Image Collection


50 thoughts on “Nature Heals

  1. I love this photo & the excerpt. I have grown evergreen trees for over 30 years. So many thoughts pass through my head while watching them. Growing trees can be so much like growing people. Perhaps I am anthropomorphizing, but there are so many strong correlations. Your blog is so cool, too!

  2. Hi, ETH. The photo is absolutely stunning. I see this miracle regularly in my yard and am always enthralled by it. So glad you posted this.

  3. Noticed your amazing image before I saw the headline and text…. thinking: Oh beautiful healing nature….funny how much pictures talk to us. Have a blessed day. Namaste Ann

  4. I bet if that tree could talk, it would have some stories to tell. It looks like it’s been around the block and back for centuries.

  5. Beautifully done. I call this type of writing “poetic prose” and even without the soothing, lovely pictures, the words create “word paintings”. Very nice.

  6. Most beautiful tree, and words.
    When looking at the cruelty in nature it offends greatly, when looking at it with large sweeps of the eye nature is so amazingly beautiful. It seems that something about these two go hand in hand. It’s like the worst atrocities done by man also bring out the most humanely and beautiful sides in man. A lot to ponder about.

    • Yes, much to ponder. Perhaps a walk in park would be good.
      Your very kind thoughts and words are greatly appreciated.
      Thank you, and enjoy a most happy day, Eddie

  7. Wie wundersch├Ân liebe Eddie sch├Âner Text und Bild ich w├╝nsche dir einen sch├Ânen gl├╝cklichen Montag und eine wundersch├Âne Woche lieber Gru├č von mir und Freundschaft Gislinde

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