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Have I learned to love nature?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I've always loved to travel but my goals have been to go to cities to see art museums, architecture, concerts, and pay tribute to the great minds of the past.

This time I chose nature.

And I loved it! Just staring at the contrast between the deep green or blue fjords and the mountains towering above was enough for me. We stopped at a reindeer crossing and waited for them to pass (my camera just got a blur of action). We were issued a polar bear warning --- although the chances of seeing them were slim. And I wondered and reflected upon the gradual erasure of the ice caps and how global warming has become a reality.

I think I love nature. Typically I thought that nature was best in the form of art work, poetry, or music (Sending a big wave to Edvard Grieg). But this time, unmediated by art, I loved nature.

The good thing is that I am very well-motivated to try to keep my body in good shape so that I can go out and love nature again someplace. Norway has its grandeur, but even a simple flower in Ohio can be something to cherish.
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  • DR1939
    Love Norway. It is a beautiful country. I'm in Australia right now and last night saw penguins cooking from Philip Bay to their burrows. Absolutely incredible.
    2481 days ago
    How true!
    What an inspiring trip that must have been!

    2482 days ago
    That sounds like a wonderful trip! I would love to visit any of the more northerly climes (Scandinavia, Alaska, maybe even the North Pole itself), to see the amazing sights in the frozen north. You're right, there is beauty to be found anywhere and everywhere. I hope you continue to find that beauty all around you.
    2483 days ago
  • KENWANNE2013
    Sounds like a wonderful trip, and one I want to do the Norwegian Fjords are on my bucket list.

    I love exploring cities, especially the bits where you turn off a busy main road and suddenly find a quiet, green corner that someone's bothered to cultivate. Similarly in the country, if you push the grass aside you can sometimes see a hive of activity, as 100's of insects scuttle around like pedestrians on a city street, going about their business.
    2483 days ago
    I had a wonderful cruise through the Norwegian Fjords with my DH and our best friends. Nature is the ultimate beauty and I'm glad you saw it through new eyes. I often think we live in such a beautiful world that I can't understand why anyone wants to start or carry on a war with anyone else. Wish we could all just enjoy what we have on earth. I am grateful for every morning that I wake up and see the world outside.

    2484 days ago
  • CATS_MEOW_0911
    YES! There is nothing like unwinding in nature and seeing the magnificence the Earth has built.

    2484 days ago
    2484 days ago
    Nature is what inspired the art of which you speak. Nature gave rise to the art. My first truly overwhelming experience in nature occurred in summer of 1978 (?), when spending a couple of weeks in Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks, I sat and regarded the Teton Range. The magnificence was, well, overwhelming. I had no words to describe what I saw or how it made me feel. I sat and cried with joy and bewilderment. At earlier times in the presence of thrilling nature, I'd think that we are insignificant by comparison. It was different at the Tetons: We are equally magnificent, but in a different form.
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    Comment edited on: 8/24/2014 1:16:57 PM
    Nature is high on the list of the things I love. I didn't really appreciate it until I was in my 30s.
    2484 days ago
    Sounds like an incredibly awesome trip! I'm like you I Love the arts, but, I have to say they hold a second to the nature outside my door...It's amazing to see through the eyes of the great artists and musicians of the past and i would never want to part with any of it!! But seeing raw nature through my own eyes can sometimes make the greats of the past seem so small. Enjoy your trip to the fullest!
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    2484 days ago
    Your post today is a wonderful reminder to all of us to stop and look. Thank you!
    2484 days ago
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