As temperatures cool, I’m outside more and enjoying the beauty of some of my favorite subjects–trees. I cannot get enough of them. I’m usually in a quandary as to whether to simply sit or stand in the presence of a tree’s beauty drinking it all in, or to record it’s beauty in pen or paint while standing there. More often than not, I come home to record what I remember…not merely a duplication of what that tree looked like, but of what it felt like to be near it. I teach at a school where nature is upheld as an endless source of inspiration for our minds, our imaginations, our hearts. I LOVE this aspect of the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education. In our teacher training days a few weeks ago, we were handed a packet of information about Nature Study that included wonderful quotes about trees…here’s one for today:
And see the peaceful trees extend
their myriad leaves in leisured dance–
they bear the weight of sky and cloud
upon the fountain of their veins.
–Kathleen Raine, Envoi