Sunday Thoughts ~ A “Walk With Nature”

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” ~ John Muir 

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Good morning, beautiful souls.  These late winter and early spring mornings are a wonderful time for a walk.  It is invigorating to fill our lungs with the cold morning air and it wakes us to the beauty along our path.  There is so much to see and enjoy. 

“There is nothing more beautiful than nature early in the morning.” ~ Vincent van Gogh 

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On a morning walk in North Central West Virginia, one could easily see a new fawn with their mother.  Deer are abundant in our area and many consider them a nuisance, and I know they can be.  However, as our garden is totally fenced, they pose no problem for us.  To, me they are beautiful creatures.
beautiful-wildlife: “ European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) by Fabrizio Municchi ”
I wonder if this is the same little guy who ate our delphiniums to the ground last spring.  He looks rather guilty, don’t you think?  Bunnies will find a way to enter any garden they think looks interesting, even if it is fenced.
Blue Jay Cardinal friends
Ah, two of our favorite friends, the Cardinal and the Blue Jay.  We have a Cardinal, named Rex,  who sits on the garage roof and waits patiently and quietly for his peanuts.  Now, his Blue Jay friend is not patient or quiet.  He is boisterous and screams ‘loudly’ for his peanuts.  However, the two eat peacefully together.  I refer to the Blue Jay as Jayhawker, a name of a peony in our garden.  I wish I could tell you why a beautiful pink peony was ever named Jayhawker, but I do not even begin to have an answer. (visit Jayhawker here).  The name Jayhawker appears to have originated in Kansas, where some believe the name was a combination of the Hawk and the Blue Jay.

“If we opened our minds to enjoyment, we might find tranquil pleasures spread about us on every side. We might live with the angels that visit us on every sunbeam, and sit with the fairies who wait on every flower.” ~ Samuel Smiles 

I love to come upon things while on a walk.  Such as a lovely unexpected clump of snowdrops nestled at the base of a tree.  It is almost as though someone planted these beautiful shy plants simply to be a sweet surprise.  Snowdrops have an enchanting quality about them, perhaps it is because their appearance is an announcement of spring.

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And, how fortunate one is to discover Bluebells.  These special beauties love a damp shady spot with dappled light.  Their blooms hang in clusters and are the most fabulous shade of blue.  To see them in mass is breathtaking.

Many years ago, I read the following quote and wrote it in my ‘little book of special things.’  Where I originally read it ~ who knows?  But, I have never forgotten the words, and I always think of them when while on a walk, even when walking about in our garden.  I would love to hear your thoughts…

“Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker? ~ Garth Nix

Mrs. Lee’s Daffodil Garden, Gladewater, Texas ~ Photo, Cindy C. Grimes

Dear friends, know I am wishing you and yours a lovely day.


May the beauty of nature greet you at every turn.



“The splendor of nature lives in man’s heart; to be seen, it must be felt.” ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)




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18 thoughts on “Sunday Thoughts ~ A “Walk With Nature”

  1. I know it’s only Saturday, but I was eager for a sneak peak of your new post. And it was lovely in every way. You have a splendid photo of bluebells carpeting a woodsy area. It reminds me of the year we visited Oxford, UK, which included a day trip to Blenheim Palace which isn’t too far from there. The grounds were beautiful and the woodsy areas were filled with bluebells. It was a real treat to see that in person. Around here there are no bluebells … there’s a bit of a blizzard outside, what with the snow being wind-tossed everywhere. Fortunately, the temperature hovers around freezing so it’s not too cold.

    Thank you for the glimpses of Spring …. Happy Weekend. Brenda xox

    1. Good morning, Brenda. I know you have photos tucked away in your heart that will remain with you forever from your trip to England. And seeing a mass of bluebells is certainly one to treasure. We have many areas in our state where they thrive.
      Many thanks for your visit and your kind words. Have a beautiful day. ❤

  2. Good morning Sandra. Your Sunday’s posts are always a breath of fresh air with the beautiful images and the lovely quotes and sentiments that you share. Today’s post is particularly lovely! The cardinal and blue jay along with bluebells really caught my eye. Wishing you a delightful Sunday sweet friend♥️

    1. Dear Pam, it is always so good to see you and I thank you for your kind words. Mike just came in from feeding Rex and Jayhawker. They were anxious for their peanuts this morning as it is 28 here.
      Wishing you and your lovely family a beautiful day.❤

  3. Such lovely quotes and beautiful pictures to start my Sunday morning with. Have a lovely day.

    1. Thank you, Penny. We have blue skies this morning and I hope you do too. Have a wonderful day.

  4. Good morning, Sandra. Thank you for the virtual sweet nature walk this morning. I think I shall get out this afternoon, as it is warming to near 60° before the rain comes again this week. It is fun to see all the new things popping up each day as spring nears. Happy march!

    1. Dear Rita, so happy you enjoyed the walk. And, I hope you were able to have a lovely walk yesterday afternoon. It was a beautiful day here, and it is this morning as well. However, rain is on the way. West Virginia should be a blooming paradise when spring arrives with all the rain we have had. Happy March to you also!

  5. Happy Sunday, Sandra! Such stunning photographs for this lovely first day of March. I always look forward to these Sunday posts. They are are peaceful and a perfect way to begin my week. May you have a most blessed and peaceful week, sweet friend!

    1. Dear Shannon, so happy you enjoy my Sunday posts and I appreciate your visit more than you can imagine. Wishing you a beautiful week! ❤

  6. dear friend, wonderful what you show us … These walks through the forests full of beauty are a great gift. You leave us the opinion if we choose the path or the path chooses us … I am sure that it is the path that chooses us …
    The forest is wise, the forest is magical and leaves no one who does not know how to value its colors, its beautiful inhabitants that adorn with its wonderful color …
    Thank you very much for everything you show, A big hug

    1. Dearest Dolores, my goodness we are kindred souls. I agree completely that it is the path that chooses us. And what a lovely thought you wrote, “The forest is wise, the forest is magical and leaves no one who does not know how to value its colors, its beautiful inhabitants that adorn with its wonderful color.” Dolores, those words are so lovely, I am going to keep them in ‘my little book of special things.’
      I thank you so much for visiting and appreciate your thoughts more than you can imagine. Blessings, my friend. And wishing you a lovely week and a wonderful month of March.❤

  7. Beautiful as usual. Lovely quotes to ponder and photos to enjoy. The blue jay and cardinal are so pretty. The sweet fawn is so pretty.
    I will never forget my husband and I walking in the woods near our home some years ago. All of a sudden we heard pounding feet and before we knew it several deer jumped a 10-foot fence right in front of our eyes. The land backed up to a military airfield.
    Happy Monday!

    1. Thanks, Bonnie. Deer can clear a very high fence, but you would have thought the planes at the airfield would have kept them away. Happy March to you, Bonnie.

  8. I love your Sundays, even if I don’t get to read them till Tuesday! Gorgeous photos today and such lovely words as always. That jay/cardinal is particularly striking. I see them both but rarely so close together!

    1. Many thanks, Jeanie. I do love the birds and soon I will be having to fight them not to make a nest in the wreath on our front door. It is a battle with them each spring. So far, I win.
      Happy week to you!

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