Truly seeing nature’s profound beauty requires a living, dynamic perception. Some people walk right past nature — or are indifferent to nature — hardly giving her any attention or deep appreciation. Nature’s beauty includes natural competition, cooperation, violence, stalking prey, compassion, fear, love, territorial friction, sharing, and tenderness. It also includes the simple yet profound action of being. Most animals have a deep joy, just to be living as they are, just to be existing as they do. Many animals go through many of the same things we do, although without a lot of the symbolic abstractions and complexities. Animals truly value their lives as precious… same as we do.
Elemental nature, on its own, survives quite well and does great without human intervention. If you are truly innocent — like a simple butterfly or bee that functions true to its basic, eternally flowing, elemental nature — the mystery of the universe will come to you (and pursue you); you won’t have to seek it. If one is wise, one can naturally, without drugs, be of a natural innocence that lives in great joy and beauty each and every day. There is an eternity in such joy and beauty. Profound perception in life reflects immortality… otherwise, it is limited vaporousness.
My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped.
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Nature has always amazed me. All the little details that is put into all nature. Beautiful post!
Same here, hj, regarding nature both in the past and present. It’s great that you are so appreciative of nature! 🙂
I can’t help but think that Nature would not only do well without us, but actually be much better off. Animals are so in tune with everything.
Love the ‘sulphur’ butterfly 🙂
I think you are right, sci, about nature being better off without us. Sad, but true. We need to be more green energy conscious and we need to curtail engaging in such a population explosion and give nature some room.
Yes, to all of this. There must be harmony.
Wonderful shot. What gorgeous colours on that butterfly.
Thank you, Karen! Stay close to nature! 🙂
You’ve captured the pure Glory of God’s Creations there. Absolutely stunning shot!
Thank you! Personally, one feels that, though there is a God, God didn’t create this universe or nature. They are, however, in a small way, a reflection of the beautiful energy and order of God. 🙂
you are completely right, Thomas. your photo is stunning, regards Mitza
Thank you very much, Mitza! It is not a day for being close to nature here. It is raining heavily and is very cold. The rain is unending!
The other day, Tweetie heard my wife Marla tell me not to put a new plastic bag in the garbage container. (She meant the one in the kitchen, not in the bird room.) I said to Marla, “OK… i won’t.” Marla shut the door to the bird room and went away. I then proceeded to put a plastic bag in the bird room garbage container. Tweetie then — in a very insulting tone of voice — said this to me: “Liar!” I had to explain to Tweetie that Marla meant the garbage container in the kitchen, not in the bird room! Very smart, though, on her part, re the whole thing! 🙂
Wow! The amount of comprehension shown there by Tweetie is amazing!
Very funny story that shows Tweetie’s intelligence, and you are a good husband to do what Marla told you.
Sorry to hear that you have so much rain right now. We have a lot of sun, but still cold in the mornings. Don’t know where the warmth has hidden.
Have a nice day with sun, regards Mitza
All that from a beautiful little butterfly…color me impressed. It is a lovely picture too, as always.😊
Thanks so much, bits! Never leave nature’s love! 🙂
looks quite beautiful
the way you present it, Tom!
even if i do
not truly see it
as it is 🙂
Thank you, David! Be close to nature always! 🙂
Stunning color and texture. I was drawn in like a moth 😉
So good, Val! No flames here!… Except maybe the burning passion and love of nature!
Thank you, SSI! 🙂
Thank you! Easy to do, with nature all around! 🙂
So true, Tom! As most people like to claim that they are nature lovers, there are levels of ways that people appreciate and perceive nature. Thank you for the lesson. 🙂
Ah, yes, Amy! For instance, i have a brother-in-law with tons of animal heads mounted in his family room from animals that he shot; he claims he loves nature. (I hope he never starts caring for me!)
I like what you say about animals being joyful. I believe they, like us ( and we, too, are animals) have a wide range of emotions. teareading.WordPress.com
Thanks, Tanya. And yes, they have a wide range of emotions, just like us. Long ago i gave up fishing because i started connecting with some of that.
Your close view reveals all those soft hairs down the center of the butterfly that night otherwise go unnoticed.
Thank you, Steve! 🙂 We were very close while taking that shot!
woow Tom spectacular 🙂 Great picture !
Thank you very much, Marcela! Keep snappin’! 🙂
Beautiful shot, butterflies are magical. Love your words and how true they are.
Thanks, Karn! Yes, butterflies are magical… just like so many of the other of earth’s wonderful creatures! 🙂
Nature is an open book of life. It’s just the reflection of our lives and a true guide indeed. We just need to be conscious to read the book. Your post is the index of that book of life.
A beautiful Sulpher. Such a common, simple butterfly. But then, there’s nothing common or simple about a butterfly, is there? Even the ubiquitous Cabbage White is beautiful and complex.
“There is an eternity in such joy and beauty.” — so very true!!