There is a small field of these native wild Irises at the top of the ridge. When they're all in bloom it's an amazing sight, a sweep of lavender-blue.
I took these photos and combined them with some beautiful nature quotes. Hopefully they will inspire you to take a walk in nature and notice the tiny flowers, the tree bark's texture and the dew drops on the leaves.
Since I am a writer, I have a good excuse for enjoying nature at every opportunity...
"Nature is a writer's best friend." ~Agavé Powers
"A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart."
|One of my favorite wildflowers, cranesbill geranium.|
|The view from the top of the ridge. Now you can see why they're called Blue Ridge Mountains.|
"Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars... and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers - for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are." ~Osho
"If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive." ~Eleonora Duse
|A million baby oaks.|
"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man." ~Author Unknown
"How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!" ~John Muir
"I know the thrill of the grasses when the rain pours over them.
I know the trembling of the leaves when the winds sweep through them.
I know what the white clover felt as it held a drop of dew pressed close in its beauteousness.
I know the quivering of the fragrant petals at the touch of the pollen-legged bees.
I know what the stream said to the dipping willows, and what the moon said to the sweet lavender.
I know what the stars said when they came stealthily down and crept fondly into the tops of the trees."
~Muriel Strode, "Creation Songs"
I hope you enjoyed this trip through nature.
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