We don’t always get to experience the view of heaven and earth because we often don’t bother to look. Sometimes, just opening your eyes is enough to experience the sheer beauty and magic of nature. Enjoy these spectacular photos and words of wisdom:
"Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy ~ your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself."
~ Annie Leibovitz
"Mother Nature is the great equalizer. You can't get away from it."
~ Christopher Heyerdahl
"When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator."
~ Mahatma Gandhi
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
~ Albert Einstein
"Land really is the best art."
~ Andy Warhol
"Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of non-knowledge."
~ Isaac Bashevis, Singer
"Nature is wont to hide herself."
"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."
~ John Burroughs
"Men have looked upon the desert as barren land, the free holding of whoever chose; but in fact each hill and valley in it had a man who was its acknowledged owner and would quickly assert the right of his family or clan to it, against aggression."
~ T. E. Lawrence
"What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?"
~ E. M. Forster
"Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain."
~ Henry David Thoreau
"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."
~ Albert Camus
"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair."
~ Khalil Gibran
"The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep."
~ Robert Frost
"Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels."
~ Luigi Pirandello
"Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven."
~ Rabindranath Tagore
"There are always flowers for those who want to see them."
~ Henri Matisse
"Water is the driving force of all nature."
~ Leonardo da Vinci
"Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day."
~ Elizabeth Bowen
"Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."
~ Hans Christian Andersen
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
~ Albert Camus
"What would be ugly in a garden constitutes beauty in a mountain."
~ Victor Hugo
"For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver."
~ Martin Luther
"The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world."
~ Georges Simenon
"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness."
~ John Muir
"A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart."
~ Hal Borland
"Each blade of grass has its spot on earth whence it draws its life, its strength; and so is man rooted to the land from which he draws his faith together with his life."
~ Joseph Conrad
"Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'"
~ Robin Williams
"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature."
~ Frank Lloyd Wright
"In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me."
~ John Fowles
"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."
~ William Shakespeare
"Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries."
~ Jimmy Carter
"When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word - religion. Then I go out and paint the stars."
~ Vincent Van Gogh
"Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains."
~ Diane Ackerman
"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books."
~ John Lubbock
"In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous."
"What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well."
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine."
~ Anthony J. D'Angelo
"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature."
~ Gerard De Nerval
"Someone asked me, if I were stranded on a desert island what book would I bring... 'How to Build a Boat.'"
~ Steven Wright
"Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was."
~ Dag Hammarskjold
"The butterfly counts not months, but moments, and has time enough."
~ Rabindranath Tagore
"In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia."
~ Charles Lindbergh