This week I have been reading Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay…

This week I have been reading Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay on Nature.  He says that the “whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind.”  And if you are ever in need of counsel, seek first the trees and the stars and the wisdom they contain. 

Reading the essay made me remember what I miss when I don’t spend enough time outside in the wild, communing with Mother Nature.  Emerson encourages us to spend some portion of our day out walking or strolling idly, connecting with the environment.  Of course it’s better if you can get away from the built up areas, but I also find wandering through urban landscapes quite therapeutic, especially during the extremes of the day, either early morning as the city or town is waking up or late at night when most folks have settled in for the evening.

Anyway, this sequence of images were taken during one of my morning strolls around Stirling this week.

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