10 thoughts for Earth Day

I spent Earth Day in the best possible way, elbow deep in dirt, working the soil and sowing seeds. As I was preparing a small vegetable patch, I spotted a wild rabbit just a few feet away watching my progress with keen interest and cheeky bravado. I may have to plant a few extra lettuces just in case.

Now the light has gone and I am back indoors nursing a piping hot cuppa,  I thought I would rustle up a few of my favourite earthy quotes coupled with some of my travel shots to round off this Earth Day. I hope you enjoy them.

Earth laughs in flowers.     ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.       ~Andy Warhol

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What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.     ~Mahatma Gandhi

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To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.                           ~William Blake

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Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.      ~Theodore Roosevelt

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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.  ~Albert Einstein

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Only when the last tree has died, and the last river has been poisoned, and the last fish has been caught, will we realize that we cannot eat money.     ~Cree Indian proverb

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There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.              ~Lord Byron

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The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.    ~John Muir

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Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, 
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.                 ~Dr. Seuss

Happy Earth Day 2014. How did you spend your day?

xxx Ailsa



About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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50 Responses to 10 thoughts for Earth Day

  1. pommepal says:

    Lovely quotes and photos Ailsa, if only every one could see the beauty around them and not constantly be striving to destroy nature by either self interest or disinterest.

    • ailsapm says:

      I know, pommepal, self interest and disinterest, the bane of our society. I wonder if there will ever come a day when human need takes precedence over human greed.

  2. Lovely photos and quotes for earth day Alisa. I sit here stiff and tired from working in the garden and and I planted a pear tree. Your post is a lovely way to end the day, and now I’m going to hit the hay…. 🙂 peace, on Earth day 2014…. Bruce

    • ailsapm says:

      What a perfect thing to do on Earth Day, Bruce – and the great advantage of a pear tree is that you don’t have to contend with foraging bunnies!

  3. Trish says:

    This was very enjoyable, reading these morsels of poetry. Thanks. (I have to admit I had no idea it was Earth Day.)

  4. richa0112 says:

    Word and pictures put together beautifully 🙂

  5. Lovely photos to go with thought-provoking words 🙂

  6. AJ says:

    Nice selection of quotations – some lesser-known than others.

  7. Fabulous post! Beautiful all the way through. Thanks so much for posting! 🙂

  8. Gunta says:

    Fantastic post. Best quote from Teddy who did so much to preserve or create our National Parks! (Though they were ALL good ones> 😀 )

    • ailsapm says:

      He was a great, great man, Gunta. When was the last time you heard a politician imploring people to cherish the romance of their country?

  9. gorgeous photos as always and you always manage to find such good quotes

  10. Patti Hall says:

    Glad I stopped in for these words and photos, Ailsa! Beautiful.

  11. Glad you posted today Ailsa! Where are our leaders today? Perhaps things are better elsewhere, but here in Oz it seems our resolve is being eroded by business and the latest batch of sceptical politicians :(.

  12. joannesisco says:

    I loved your photographs. Each one was stunning!! … but my favourite quote? Earth laughs in flowers. I will never look at a flower quite the same way! Thank you for the fabulous visual 🙂

  13. Nice tribute to Earth Day. We hiked, rode our bikes, and explored Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.

  14. sueslaght says:

    Ailsa what a wonderful collection of photos showing off our amazing planet.

  15. Wonderful post, Ailsa, both the photos and the quotes.

  16. Stunning images for Earth Day. They remind me of the song, “What a Beautiful World.”

  17. Great quotes. I especially liked the Indian Chief’s. I spent Earth Day in my usual way: I take the dog on a walk along a littered road and pick up all the recyclables.

  18. nrhatch says:

    Wonderful share! I went for a bike ride yesterday. Aah . . Fresh Air

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  20. travelerfun says:

    Reblogged this on TravelerFun and commented:
    In honor of Earth Day yesterday, we wanted to Reblog this wonderful blog from Where’s my backpack? full of Earthy quotes and beautiful travel photographs. Enjoy!

  21. elleturner4 says:

    Beautiful words and images 🙂

  22. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I think this is my favourite of all your posts Ailsa, wonderful!

  23. Green Chick says:

    Such a nice collection of photographs – puts things into a different perspective. I have one great quote to add (when i first read it I stopped and felt like wow, amazing):

    Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. -A. Camus

    Love it..

  24. suej says:

    Great images for the quotes, Ailsa 🙂

  25. Amy says:

    Beautiful!!! Thank you, thank you, Ailsa!

  26. thirdeyemom says:

    Gorgeous Ailsa! I especially love the first and last shot. Just wonderful quotes too.

  27. Both the quotes and the photos are great. No wonder you have so many followers!

    I’m inspired to calligraph most of them, as a belated tribute to Earth Day.

  28. Indira says:

    Beautiful quotes and photographs Ailsa.

  29. F.G.M. says:

    Wonderful and wise quotes! Thank you so much for sharing – I do love “Earth laughs in flowers”, kind regards from France – FGM

  30. Reblogged this on Peacejusticelove's Blog and commented:
    Earth Day and Creation————–awe, I like these pictures and these quotes very much indeed!

  31. y. prior says:

    what a great earth day post – wonderful. the quotes and pics were a nice selection – and at the end – I love the way you left us with a simple, yet potent quote to part with – almost inviting us to do our part without being preachy!

    “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
    Nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~Dr. Seuss”


  32. Such beautiful photos and beautiful words! My Earth Day was rainy and cold so I planned my garden while sitting inside 🙂

  33. topazjungle says:

    Great post! This made me smile 🙂

  34. Colline says:

    Beautiful scenes.

  35. What a lovely way to spend Earth day 🙂

  36. Hemangini Maddy Patel says:

    Beautiful post!! All the wonderful thoughts on travel are mesmerizing!! ❤ Wish I could travel so..

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