“When despair grows in me
and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”
~ Wendell Berry
The above is perhaps more a poem than a quote in its length, but it reflects the way I feel about life and nature. Though I have not read much of Wendell Berry’s work, I love the way his great respect for the natural world shines through his words.
I took the photograph on a recent walk in Corsham. Near the railway-track at Box tunnel, there was an old disused quarry filled with water and transformed to create a labyrinth of small lakes and ponds. The water is surrounded by trees, long grasses and flashes of yellow flag iris. Elderly gentleman with their fishing rods and ducks and geese were enjoying the tranquility. It was a hidden spot of peace near a busy housing estate, and was such a surprise to stumble upon.
Thank you for inviting me to the challenge Jane. I enjoyed searching for some of my favourite quotes. I am not going to nominate anyone for this challenge as I would prefer to invite any reader to take part who would like to. Just post a favourite quote on your blog and include a photograph if you wish. If you link back here we can all come and visit 🙂
Enjoy your weekend. x