Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
– Albert Einstein
Some years ago, I spent a month at Dorland Mountain Arts, a creative space without electricity [marvelous!]. During a walk in the Temecula, California hills, fire ants climbed onto my shoes and up my legs, biting and burning all the way. After handling that situation, I was admiring the white clouds and bright blue sky when the narrow path turned. Fortunately, I looked down just before stepping off the mountain. My nature walks ended when advised to be noisy to avoid surprising bears and to carry an air horn as well as make myself look as big as possible should a mountain lion approach. I loved Dorland, the people and world around it. I grew as a human being and hope to return one day.
Because on Earth [here’s a fascinating photo], predation is essential, I wonder if Einstein meant that to ‘look deep into nature’ should remind that life requires care and attention. Life here offers real dangers to body, mind, heart and spirit. That said, and in negotiating the world’s hazards, Anthony D’Angelo offers heartwarming advice, “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”
May 1st is May Day, a great time to find a maypole, dance in the sunshine and enjoy spring’s first flowers, especially in this post’s video.
Shop “Shasta Daisies,” this week’s Featured Art.
Blessings & best wishes
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- Sharks kill 5, 50, 100 people per year
- Ants kill 10, 20, 30, 40 people per year
- Deer kill 17, 38, 65, 130 people per year
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Elephants, Hippopotami, Wolves, even Horses kill quite a few people each year. Here are the top 24 deadliest animals to humans [including quiz answers].