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Musings: Nature Is Imagination…

26/02/2012

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” William Blake

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Musings: Nature Is Imagination... Danube delta river reeds

The Tree and the Reed Aesop‘s Fables
“Well, little one,” said a Tree to a Reed that was growing at its foot, “why do you not plant your feet deeply in the ground, and raise your head boldly in the air as I do?” “I am contented with my lot,” said the Reed. “I may not be so grand, but I think I am safer.” “Safe!” sneered the Tree. “Who shall pluck me up by the roots or bow my head to the ground?” But it soon had to repent of its boasting, for a hurricane arose which tore it up from its roots, and cast it a useless log on the ground, while the little Reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over. Obscurity often brings safety.

As a child, I spent many hours reading, and Aesop’s Fables were part of my reading library. What struck me so powerfully was how Aesop could make nature come alive through the characters; animals, plants, trees, the sun, moon and other animate and inanimate forms. I loved storytelling (I still do), and always looked forward to family gatherings where my uncles and aunts shared ancient stories of life in the village in the olden days. Those stories, much like what we read in Alice in Wonderland and Aesop’s Fables, continued to fuel the imagination of all us kids as we leaped into a world inhabited by a weeping moon, talking plants, wise old dogs and dancing trees… Nature is imagination

“It is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination.”  Henry David Thoreau

Musings: Nature Is Imagination... Rock formation sculpted by winds...

Musings: Nature Is Imagination... North winds blowing...

The Wind and the SunAesop’s Fables
The Wind and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger. Suddenly they saw a traveler coming down the road, and the Sun said: “I see a way to decide our dispute. Whichever of us can cause that traveler to take off his cloak shall be regarded as the stronger. You begin.” So the Sun retired behind a cloud, and the Wind began to blow as hard as it could upon the traveler. But the harder he blew the more closely did the traveler wrap his cloak round him, till at last the Wind had to give up in despair. Then the Sun came out and shone in all his glory upon the traveler, who soon found it too hot to walk with his cloak on. Kindness effects more than severity.

As my uncles and aunts intimated in the wild and imaginative stories they shared with us kids, the olden days was a time when the gods spoke to men through nature. Because of the direct connections people had with Mother Earth, it wasn’t implausible to have daily exchanges with nature and all forms of living things that benefited from it. Outsiders saw this intimacy with nature as mystical while my farming family saw it as the norm. I think Albert Einstein was quite right when he said that “We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.” Nature is imagination

“Whoever thou art, come and sit in the shade of this beautiful laurel tree that we may here sing praises to the immortal gods!” Anatole France

Musings: Nature Is Imagination... A Laurel/Karaka tree..

Musings: Nature Is Imagination... Sequoia tree

The Man and the Wood Aesop’s Fables
A Man came into a Wood one day with an axe in his hand, and begged all the Trees to give him a small branch which he wanted for a particular purpose. The Trees were good-natured and gave him one of their branches. What did the Man do but fix it into the axe head, and soon set to work cutting down tree after tree. Then the Trees saw how foolish they had been in giving their enemy the means of destroying themselves.

Over the years, nature has provided me many magical moments, imaginative material, and a deep sense of joy. Whenever I find myself in a quandary, when I feel out of sorts, or disconnected from those around me, I find my footing in the earth, in nature, in the echo that rises from the sea, and in the beckoning branches of ancient trees. Nature is imagination… What are your thoughts? What do you see in Nature? Do you ever feel the call to nature? Do you make time for your imagination to run wild? to see the beauty around you? What do you see? Do share! Thank you. 😉

Positive Motivation Tip: If nature is imagination, then we must feed it to ensure it continues to thrive… look, listen, embrace your version of nature.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Sweet chestnut, Rock formation, Sequoia, Laurel/Karaka tree, trees and bramble Danube reeds, North winds, Sun and winds, via Wikipedia, from my Personal Collection or via Flickr

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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32 Comments leave one →
  1. 27/02/2012 1:29 am

    a tree for you:
    -flickr.com/photos/frizztext/2550696856/

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  2. 27/02/2012 2:09 am

    I am totally home when I find myself midst nature.. It brings me closer to who I am.

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  3. 27/02/2012 4:48 am

    I too love nature. It restores my soul and lifts me above material concerns.
    A lovely post with amazing photos.

    Lorraine 🙂

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  4. 27/02/2012 5:51 am

    the north wind and the sun… loved it…
    with your permission I’d lik to re-blog this post?

    bows (~_~) humble

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    • 27/02/2012 12:26 pm

      TY Zendictive and please reblog anytime! Thank you for doing so! 🙂

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  5. 27/02/2012 5:53 am

    Beautiful post, Elizabeth.
    I’m surrounded by nature — fruit trees, mahoe trees, a variety of blooming plants, wildflowers and a thicket of bushes. I’ve been watching a poui tree every day for a week now to see when the flowers will return — I expect they might by week’s end.
    Nature soothes and restores. I remember the first time I hugged a tree, how good it felt.

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  6. 27/02/2012 5:54 am

    So true, ‘the Gods spoke to men through nature’ and so sad that (most of us) have lost that direct connection. Lovely to read again those fables that teach so much.

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  7. 27/02/2012 6:21 am

    I’ve been taking trees for granted lately. Thank you for reminding me that nature is imagination — I need to get out of this house….

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  8. 27/02/2012 7:34 am

    Nature is wonderful – calming, relaxing, inspirational, creative, etc. I like to get lost in absorbing nature. I also enjoyed Aesop’s fables.

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  9. 27/02/2012 8:49 am

    What wonderful lessons. Thank you so very much!

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  10. 27/02/2012 9:08 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed this post. I especially enjoyed your first two photographs and your “Aesop’s Fable” inserts (they take me way back). Aesop was a smart cookie.

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  11. 27/02/2012 11:46 am

    I’m not very good at photographing people but my best photos are frequently trees and skies. I love nature and capturing that fleeting moment of a sunset or full moon is magical. I have a true reverence for nature.
    Great shots Elizabeth!
    b

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  12. 27/02/2012 2:19 pm

    I love trees. They ask so little and give so much.

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  13. nelson RN permalink
    27/02/2012 3:30 pm

    Nice photographs of trees! I like the last one 🙂

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  14. 27/02/2012 4:36 pm

    I have this what I call nature therapy. That is, to recharge and reconnect with myself which I do in a multitude of ways: walking and filling my lungs up with fresh air, hug the trees, smell and touch the leaves of the trees around, indulging the soles of my wandering feet to the mud or to the sands, dancing in the rain sometimes, savoring the breathtaking views up the mountains, looking at the limitless horizon, watching the tides as it ebbs and rises … Communing with nature is something I have been doing since I learned to recognize the value of it. We have to be on good terms with the universe to achieve the proverbial BALANCE.

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  15. 27/02/2012 6:32 pm

    Nature’s sounds, colors, and sights inspire my life and work! Thanks for coming by and the “likes”….

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  16. thirdhandart permalink
    27/02/2012 6:44 pm

    Beautiful post! When I feel out of sorts, I find my footing in nature too.
    Love this quote, “It is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination.” ~Henry David Thoreau

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  17. 27/02/2012 10:06 pm

    “The tree which moves some to tears of joy
    is in the eyes of others only a green thing
    that stands in the way…”:
    actually in Brazil: extreme!

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  18. 28/02/2012 12:15 am

    All the time! If I don’t have a period of outdoor contemplation at least every few days, my soul withers! Debra

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  19. 28/02/2012 3:24 am

    Love it. Even Mr O, who was initially a little sceptical about communing with nature, has decided it is a wonderful thing and now goes to the park for a bit of peace and quiet.

    I think his new career has given him an appreciation of nature that he never had bvefore. Being a country girl, I was born with it.

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  20. 28/02/2012 9:21 am

    Those fables brought me back to my childhood. They were very wise!

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  21. 28/02/2012 12:02 pm

    All of the aspects of nature you deal with so very beatifully and powerfully here are magical to me, treasures I cannot imaging myself without. The Henry David Thoreau quote about what Nature does for humans has been a favorite since school days! Thank you for such wonderfully chosen quotes, photographs and mini-essays in this post celebrating nature, especially trees, sun, and wind.

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  22. 28/02/2012 12:47 pm

    As a child one of my favorite things to do was to walk in the woods. It de-stressed me. Unfortunately, I now live in Colorado where there are very few trees.

    I also love Aesop’s wisdom.

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  23. 29/02/2012 1:59 pm

    What a lovely post. I am spellbound by the first photo of the tree…
    I think nature has always inspired me to awareness of my emotions and thus, to write with imagination sprung from that. So, I would agree that nature is imagination!!

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  24. 02/03/2012 3:29 am

    Beautiful

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  25. 07/03/2012 1:24 am

    Eliz, I relate nature with God…I feel his strength in the rolling thunder, his gentleness in the breeze and his peace in the stirring of the leaves of the trees. Great Post!

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  26. 13/03/2012 12:10 am

    As with Jeanne above, I too see God in nature. He teaches us many things and how we must find the time to stop and just be. Wow! Love the rock formation by the wind. 🙂

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