It’s Earth Day – Get Out There!

by Stefani on 22-April-2009

Respect for our natural world is not something that can be taught. It has to be lived, to be felt deeply. 

To that end, we are celebrating Earth Day (and every other day!) by just getting outside and reveling in the endless wonders of this fascinating planet. 

Because a boy who loves the earth will grow to be a man who honors his commitment to its care. 

"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority."  ~Elwyn Brooks White, Essays of E.B. White, 1977  

Blue Yonder

"Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience."

  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dam Purty

"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair."  ~Kahlil Gibran

Cactus Love Note

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."  ~John Muir


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

Because It Feels Good

"You will find something more in woods than in books.  Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters."  ~St. Bernard

Just go outside today. Let the earth delight you. 
Lia April 22, 2009 at 10:13 am

I’ve always loved Earth Day. We spent our outside time this morning walking along the ever lovely Shoal Creek in Pease Park and buying some local veggies at Boggy Creek Farm. Just where is this creek of yours that seems to always have water in it?

elissa April 22, 2009 at 10:13 am

oh. incredible photos and inspiring words! thanks for such a lovely welcome back from my vacation!

Stefani April 22, 2009 at 10:15 am

Well… it’s actually a few different creeks. We trail hop 🙂
This one is on Bull Creek. You know, come to think of it…. I don’t think I’ve taken mine to Pease Park in ages. Gonna have to fix that.
My kiddos love Boggy Creek Farm – I think it’s mainly about the ice cream and chickens though 🙂

Lia April 22, 2009 at 11:10 am

Thanks! I guess I didn’t realize Bull Creek had that much water in it. We’re always looking for creeks with constant clearish water, but we tend to stay south. We were eyeing the chickens today. We’re planning on going to the chicken school at the Natural Gardner in May. We’ve currently got a bee up our butts to buy a few acres on the East side and start our own farm. We’ll see if that’s actually feasable… I hope so! 🙂

heather at brown robin April 22, 2009 at 11:44 am

the last quote is my favorite… our honey bees are celebrating with glee and the flowers are a bustin’! I love this sweet, old world!

Sarah M April 22, 2009 at 12:10 pm

what a perfect post! It was hard choosing my favorite!
Can’t wait to see what you guys are up to with the Magnifying Glass. I found your blog via Vintage Chica and have a little toddler boy who is right up there loving playing in the dirt, too!

Vintage Chica April 22, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Because a boy who loves the earth will grow to be a man who honors his commitment to its care. Love, love this Stefani…Happy Earthday little men!

Butzeballchen April 22, 2009 at 1:09 pm

I had no idea what E.B. stood for in E.B. White until this post!

This is the best time of year in Texas to be enjoying the outdoors.

Tracey Adams April 22, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Love the Earth Day post. So inspiring. I love what you do. I read it every day–helps keep me where I need to be.

Amy Flores April 22, 2009 at 2:12 pm

I LOVE the cactus heart! It can be comprehended so many different ways.

Mama_Amethyst April 22, 2009 at 3:26 pm

We have bathed in the sunlight. I’ve transplanted and watered a wilting Easter Lily. Our son has felt the grass tickling his feet. Actually, it seems that’s he’s happiest outdoors today. It’s so wonderful to share this day with him and nature.

Sam April 22, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Amazing quotes. I NEED that photo of the heart shaped cactus! Wow, your part of the world is so beautiful. April 22, 2009 at 6:49 pm

You’re right – trees are better than textbooks.


Michelle April 22, 2009 at 7:57 pm

So beautiful. Thank you so much for reminding us of these words to live by!

kathie April 22, 2009 at 8:05 pm

whoa! is that actually running water in texas! lucky you! 😉
we spent the weekend in the dry-as-a-bone barton creek greenbelt….
oie. vay.

Dawn April 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm

We got out in our rain today!
Love. Love your sunny shots!

Blond Duck April 23, 2009 at 3:31 am

Popped in to say hi! As a fellow Texan, I saw the bluebonnets and cactus and had to say hello!

Casey April 23, 2009 at 7:02 am

Happy earth day — every day!

Visty Lindgren April 23, 2009 at 8:38 am

A heart shaped prickly pear! I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of those. I like to read your blog and pretend I still live in the south where I grew up.

beautiful pictures.

Stefani April 23, 2009 at 9:37 am

Lived here all my life, and I’ve never noticed them either, but there were LOTS!
Weird, right? A prickly lover… all kinds of good stories could come from that!

Courtney April 23, 2009 at 10:00 am

Oh I love the way you opened this post. Very nice indeed.

When I did our Earth Day post I wanted to use a quote but couldn’t find the right one. You’ve given me lots to share with my boys. I should have guessed John Muir would have a good one since we live in his neck of the woods. We’ve had the 95-100 degree dip here too. I feel that same way you do about summer heat. Uuuughhh.

I thought about using this one but it wasn’t quite right – probably one you have in your files too – but a favorite of mine.

Courtney April 23, 2009 at 10:00 am

Henry David Thoreau –

Jennifer April 23, 2009 at 2:00 pm


Megan Devine April 28, 2009 at 4:21 am

this is beautiful …came across your blog today – it is now bookmarked 🙂

Relyn May 1, 2009 at 9:18 am

I love my job as a public school teacher, but you show me each day that homeschooling is powerful, powerful. This post makes me long to take my entire class outside to just sit and be, to explore and marvel. We could do that, I know. And we do sometimes. However, a soccer field and playground are a poor substitute for the woods and running water.

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