An Ode to Summer’s End

Nature’s Tranquility

“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Goldenrod

“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

A Kiss of Sunshine

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ironweed (Vernonia altissima)

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” ~ Aristotle

Early Autumn Maple

“Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.” ~ Albert Einstein

Longjawed Orbweaver (Tetragnatha)

“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Eerily Still

“It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Reflections

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Ailanthus Webworm Moth on Buttonbush

“Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

The Fishing Dock

“Oh, the summer night
Has a smile of light
And she sits on a sapphire throne.”
~ Barry Cornwall

A beautiful rendition of Chopin: Nocturne in E Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2 by Thomas Nielsen for your listening pleasure. 🙂

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