Stop and Look

Nature holds many wonders that can be enjoyed without technicalities.

It’s really not necessary for someone to know that brilliant fall foliage is on a Maple tree, for them to enjoy the bright, contrasting colors. Only to those studying horticulture, or desiring to plant the exact same tree in their yard, would the precise genus and species be that important.

Michelle Nijhuis shared a similar message in her New York Times story, “Plant a Love of Nature in Your Kids.”

She writes about creating opportunities for wonder in children, and how some of the simplest events have led individuals on a path to professional careers as biologists, naturalists, conservationists and wildlife ecologists. Humble beginnings, you might say.

It’s wise to avoid lecturing kids about climate change and extinction, especially during their early years. David Sobel, an environmental educator, suggested parents and teachers use “no tragedies before fourth grade” as a rule of thumb.

Michelle Nijhuis

For me, it was the simple enjoyment of growing colorful gourds, and working with a grandfather who loved living ‘out in the country’ and working in the great outdoors.

“Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth, are never alone or weary of life.”

Rachel Carson
Here’s hoping you discover some natural beauty on this Earth Day 2021.