The greatest teacher

During our walks, I will point out to my mum with a wide-eyed expression, “Look, that’s a strange looking tree!”, “Listen to the birds, who is making all that noise? Can you see them?”; “I wonder what these plants/trees/flowers/seeds etc are.” Nature has so much to teach but alas, I am not the brightest student and I’m ashamed of my ignorance. I wish I have the answer to all my questions.Β 

“We were required to write brief essays about any interesting natural phenomena or anything relating to natural history observed on the way to school; the subject was always of our own choosing. Two miles of varied bush track with many creek crossings gave unlimited material for our young, greedy minds. I hope that “observation” is still part of the curriculum of bush schools; it teaches children to discover Nature for themselves, and such intimacy with Nature’s secrets nearly always leads to a strong desire to protect all beautiful and useful wild life. It leads, too, to the quiet philosophy of the true nature-lover, a priceless acquisition which enables one, no matter what the environment, to live apart and view, as from a distance, the hurrying world; something which makes the voice of the grey thrush in your shrubs more desirable than the purr of a thousand-guinea motor car in your garage, makes beetles more interesting than bonds and sunsets more desirable than securities. I know now that the observation lessons in that tiny thatched school were the lessons that did me the most good.”

Bernard O’Reilly, Green Mountains

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

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7 thoughts on “The greatest teacher

  1. Gorgeous photos!! I’m usually pretty oblivious to my surroundings when I’m on a walk/hike because I’m focused on a plant or a bird or rock formations.
    I would point out all these things to Ben when he was still small enough to ride in a stroller. It must’ve sunk in cuz he points out birds & butterflies to me.πŸ‘πŸ•ŠπŸžπŸπŸ’ŒπŸ’Œ

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    1. That’s a good start! I bought a small field guide to birds in Australia during the trip, thinking great, now I can identify the species myself. But I soon realise most of them were too far up and elusive for me to even catch a good glimpse! πŸ˜‚ It was probably a better idea to buy a field guide to flora 🌲 🌳 🌴 🌱 🌿 ☘️ πŸ€ 🎍 πŸŽ‹ πŸƒ πŸ‚ 🍁 πŸ„ 🌾 πŸ’ 🌷 🌹

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  2. I hope you get to visit Lamington National Park. Arthur Groom and Romeo Lahey on the Binna Burra side were the conservationists responsible for this becoming QLDs first national park protected from logging and cattle. It is Gondwana rainforest, older than the Daintree.

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  3. Nature rocks!! These pictures are gorgeous!! I’m with you, I love to look at–and listen to–nature, just carrying on with its day, doing its thing 😊 I believe that nature has a pulse of its own. Every living being is, well, alive. I visualize the trees taking up water through their veins, dispersing it where it needs to go, these little green chlorophyll machines eating sunshine and farting out oxygen (please excuse my crude bathroom humor!) πŸ˜‚πŸ˜œπŸ’—. I mean, how cool is that? And the insects buzzing and rattling saying “I need to partner up!” There’s so much going on around us that it’s amazing, and mind-boggling to think about–which is my favorite stuff to think about! Thank you so much for bringing that back into the forefront of my mind! Treasure of a post πŸ˜πŸ’šπŸ’™
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