It is with a measure of excitement that I join Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week, as it celebrates the wondrous beauty of nature through the theme Foliage. After checking a few photographs from my database, I decided on just sharing the pictures I have taken from the lovely city of New Orleans when I visited November of last year.
When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.
When great trees fall
small things recoil into silence,
eroded beyond fear
– Maya Angelou
“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
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
― John Muir
A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail. – Herman Hesse
Look: the trees exist; the houses
we dwell in stand there stalwartly.
pass by it all, like a rush of air.
And everything conspires to keep quiet
half out of shame perhaps, half out of
some secret hope.
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies