While time flies, let’s take a moment…

Life flies by in a whirl as it tends to do unless we can still ourselves long enough to feel the preciousness of each moment. Almost a month and a half has passed since I last posted on this blog. Pinning Bob Talbot down to complete a mini-series of blog articles about him has become an undertaking requiring the patience of a wildlife photographer tracking a snow leopard in a remote mountain location. (Well, I may be mildly exaggerating. It took ten months for photographer Steve Winter to capture that beautiful creature on camera and win the 2008 Wildlife Photographer of the Year award; all things considered, a month and a half is, quite frankly, peanuts.)

In the meantime, to slow down the flighty nature of time and fill the void of waiting for the elusive Bob-cat, I found myself re-reading some timelessly nourishing and spirit-reviving quotes from the legendary naturalist and conservationist John Muir. Here they are, interspersed with a scattering of my own images of our beautiful world.

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” John Muir

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.” John Muir

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir

“Take a course in good air and water; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.” John Muir

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… And break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” John Muir

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” John Muir
The quotes above can be found on various websites such as Brainy Quote. For further quotes and background reading on the man, browse through  The Sierra Club website.

2 thoughts on “While time flies, let’s take a moment…

  1. Wonderful quotes; so much truth, wisdom – and so much said – in the space of just a few words… And your photos are so beautiful! Without leaving my chair, I feel transported to a stunning, far-away place – and closer to amazing wildlife I’d never normally get the chance to see…

    I’m so pleased to have found your blog, Amanda. Your writing is beautiful. Reading your posts, I feel so involved in the truly inspirational stories of truly inspirational conservationists. It’s so heartening to read about the wonderful spirit, effort and dedication of people who devote themselves to making a difference; to following what really matters. It’s such a treat too to learn so much more about marine and cetacean conservation – an issue so close to my heart…

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog – and I look forward to reading more of your posts, and more about Bob Talbot – when you can pin him down! In the meantime, enjoy those still and precious moments…
    Best Wishes,

  2. Thanks Melanie, it is great to start finding other writers out there who are writing about nature in such inspiring tones. I am new to connecting up with other bloggers so I am glad you stumbled across my site. I am glad we can find each other via the medium of web-hyperspace and I hope people will follow my link to your blog on my Links page and read some of your beautiful work. Amanda

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