a sunny day of melty snow and ducks

ducks are playing in the little lake outside my window. there’s one male and one female, and they’re floating away being ducks. the weather is beautiful. the snow is melting like crazy (hence the lake), the sky is clear blue, and the only clouds to be seen are wisps and tufts that float placidly above the horizon. the steady wind is sending schools of little nervous ripples skating down the water’s surface, off of which the bright sunshine reflects and lights up the ceiling with shifting, mesmerizing patterns. it seems like this is roughly what we’re in for all week. It’s a nice way to welcome in a new year, no? birds singing, ducks quacking and getting lost inside the bus shelters…

Ever checked out the Bahá’í Reference Library? You find the most amazing quotes so easily with it. Here’s one from ‘Abdu’l-Baha about Bahá’u’lláh’s love of nature and the countryside:

Bahá’u’lláh loved the beauty and verdure of the country. One day He passed the remark: “I have not gazed on verdure for nine years. The country is the world of the soul, the city is the world of bodies.” When I heard indirectly of this saying I realized that He was longing for the country, and I was sure that whatever I could do towards the carrying out of His wish would be successful.

Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era, p.35

A happy Naw-ruz to all of you wonderful folks reading this – whether you’re Bahá’í or not, and whereever you are in the world. This weekend, I’m going out to the river to spend some time watching the water. I love nature; I always have. I seem to get more energy from contemplating the beauty of nature than anything else I do. Who else out there is a nature nut? I’m sure there are tons of you. Leave a comment about your favourite way to enjoy nature, and we’ll see if we see the same thing twice.

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