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
I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own. ~Andy Warhol
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
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
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
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
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
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
The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark. ~John Muir
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?
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.
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.
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
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!
This was very enjoyable, reading these morsels of poetry. Thanks. (I have to admit I had no idea it was Earth Day.)
I couldn’t let Earth Day slip by without doing a post, so glad you enjoyed it, Trish.
Word and pictures put together beautifully 🙂
Thanks richa. Happy Earth Day. xxx
Lovely photos to go with thought-provoking words 🙂
Thanks wisemonkeysabroad, glad you enjoyed my little tribute to our big blue planet! 🙂
Nice selection of quotations – some lesser-known than others.
Thanks AJ, and I applaud your sentiment in your most recent post, it should be every day!
Fabulous post! Beautiful all the way through. Thanks so much for posting! 🙂
Glad you enjoyed it, Wendy, I see you recently visited Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, that’s where I took the first photo (above) this time last year. xxx
I was pretty sure that was were it was from! LoL It was your post from your visit last year that piqued my interest in the tulips! 🙂
Fantastic post. Best quote from Teddy who did so much to preserve or create our National Parks! (Though they were ALL good ones> 😀 )
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?
gorgeous photos as always and you always manage to find such good quotes
Thanks, Carol. There’s immense power in a well-crafted quote (and you can quote me on that). 😉
Glad I stopped in for these words and photos, Ailsa! Beautiful.
I’m happy you could join in my homage to Earth Day, Patti, glad you enjoyed it. xxx Ailsa
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 :(.
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 🙂
Nice tribute to Earth Day. We hiked, rode our bikes, and explored Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.
Ailsa what a wonderful collection of photos showing off our amazing planet.
Wonderful post, Ailsa, both the photos and the quotes.
Stunning images for Earth Day. They remind me of the song, “What a Beautiful World.”
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.
Wonderful share! I went for a bike ride yesterday. Aah . . Fresh Air
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Beautiful words and images 🙂
I think this is my favourite of all your posts Ailsa, wonderful!
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
Great images for the quotes, Ailsa 🙂
Beautiful!!! Thank you, thank you, Ailsa!
Gorgeous Ailsa! I especially love the first and last shot. Just wonderful quotes too.
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.
Beautiful quotes and photographs Ailsa.
Wonderful and wise quotes! Thank you so much for sharing – I do love “Earth laughs in flowers”, kind regards from France – FGM
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Earth Day and Creation————–awe, I like these pictures and these quotes very much indeed!
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”
Such beautiful photos and beautiful words! My Earth Day was rainy and cold so I planned my garden while sitting inside 🙂
Great post! This made me smile 🙂
What a lovely way to spend Earth day 🙂
Beautiful post!! All the wonderful thoughts on travel are mesmerizing!! ❤ Wish I could travel so..