Tag Archives: Thoreau

A Gift of “Gold”

Yesterday, I was reminded of this quote from Thoreau (a quote I’ve actually shared before):

“The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.”

It wasn’t a rainbow, although I’ve seen my fair share of beautiful ones here, but as I was driving up my hill I caught a flash of yellow.  I stopped the car and this beautiful Iittle goldfinch was sitting on the branch of a shrub right by the driveway, then 2 more flew over and the three of them went flying off together. I would have loved to get a photo, but I didn’t dare move and startle them. Besides, sometimes it’s okay to not have a picture but simply a memory, like a delicious little secret between Nature and me. I see lots of birds in my yard, but it’s very rare to see goldfinches and never that close. It was just such a perfect little unexpected moment as I went about my day.  True harvest indeed.

~Honeybee

Happy Thanksgiving!

Even with so many stressful and upsetting things going on in the world, there are lots of things I’m grateful for. My family and the technology to keep me in touch with them, the sweet cats that share my home, a few days off from work to relax, good food to eat, enjoyable movies to watch, and as always, beautiful Nature all around me. I hope you have a good day, too.

~Honeybee

Thoreau

Happy Birthday, Henry David Thoreau!

(July 12, 1817 — May 6, 1862)

Two of my favorite Thoreau quotes:

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.”

“The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.”

Thoreau is a favorite among us pantheists. When I was a teenager, long before I would come to identify as a pantheist, I was drawn to Thoreau and Walden. I knew that book was important, and it resonated with me, even though I wasn’t quite ready at that time to pursue my own connection with nature and its importance in my life.

~Honeybee

(Photo of Thoreau courtesy of Library of Congress)

Japonica

Just a little something for your Monday. It’s in the low 40s this afternoon, but sunny and still looking like spring.

“One attraction in coming to the woods to live was that I should have leisure and opportunity to see the spring come in.” (Thoreau)

~Honeybee