Let Nature in and worries out!

wildflowers in nature


John Muir (1838 – 1914) John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, 1938 – is a famous naturalist and author. During his life he became a well know advocate for the preservation of wilderness. His views on nature and his written words can serve as a remind to us of how freeing and uplifting being with nature can be. Today I share some of his words with you.

Written one hundred years ago,


“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into the trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves – John Muir


“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found was really going in. – John Muir

bird on branch

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” John Muir




Thank you, enjoy your weekend, the closer to nature the better!

~ Penny


A Writer/Artist’sTranquility


What comes to mind for you?

For me its a feeling of calmness, being at peace and most definitely being in a location that suits the mood. I head for nature. Every single natural element that nature represents, to me, always heightens any mood I may be feeling. The sounds, the views, the wild life, a wonderful harmony of riches waiting to be enjoyed.

When I’m deep in the woods, All my worries seem to fall away and I find it easy to breath deeply in the fresh sweet country air. Everything seems crisper, cleaner sharper. Right now the weather is turning cooler giving a nod towards autumn. I find I’m enjoying the changes.

I find I can relax completely – almost as if I’m at peace with all of nature’s beautiful creatures, residing just out of view from my vision.

I’ll walk slowly, picking my way through underbrush and overgrowth, delighted to make my own trail. I can walk for miles when this close to nature. I don’t seem to get tired, and there is always more beauty to take in and enjoy.

I grew up in the Northwest part of North America, so I am familiar and at home with the deep, green, thick blanket of trees that cover so much of the countryside and mountains. The eddying streams that meander thru are a delight to wade in and I find I always look for interesting rocks in the stream bed to take home with me.

Yes, for me, tranquility and serenity are always to be found in the country as close to wilderness as possible. I am at home!

The only digital device I take along is my phone (GPS) so (if) I should get lost (lol) I could be found, although I must say that there are times when not being found is a wonderful thought.

The other thing I take with me is something I can write or sketch with/on (nothing digital). In this calming environment I can commune with nature and write of beauty and life in perfect tranquility.

It is my observation (as an artisan/viewer of life) that we each have something unique within us that inspires. Search inside yourself, you will discover there is inspiration ‘aplenty’ waiting there for you, my creative friends,

Enjoy your day today, Be both tranquil and inspired, Penny

Copyright © 2012 by Penny l Howe