Back to nature

"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness." -- John Muir

"I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars." -- Walt Whitman

After a week of office work in the city, it feels good to get reacquainted with nature. It's a beautiful day so my wife and I decide to take a short drive to Vancouver's north shore where we stretch our legs in Lynn Canyon.

We become aware of how the full cycle of life is represented here. Flowers, ferns, new growth, old growth: we're amazed to see how many trees grow upright and strong from the trunks of dead trees.

In the forest, one gets a sense of how temporary human life is; how small we are in the larger scheme of nature and the universal passage of time. It's a sobering experience that also energizes. For all of us there is something here, something primal, something we can call home.

"It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit." -- Robert Louis Stevenson

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