Soaking in Nature

The last few days have been all about being with nature for me and I have spent hours just watching birds, waves, flowers, trees …

The Nesting Swans

I’m told by a watching farmer that the cygnets are due this coming Thursday so it’s all very exciting.

The experience of being out and about in lovely natural places made me think very much of the following poem:


-Wendell Berry-

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free

The Heron

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

20 thoughts on “Soaking in Nature”

  1. A keeper of this post as it makes me think of the picture of two swans that I took years ago. It’s a coincidence that yesterday while on a drive with my daughter and hubby, we went by the place that I took that picture . Low and behold there was a swan enjoying the surroundings. I bet you, his or her mate was at the nesting site…I also love the poem that you posted. I will put that in my journal…

  2. Wonderful photos, Jean. And Wendell Berry! That is where I find my peace too, among wild things, especially during this pandemic. I’ve often thought of you and Tramore when walking along the shore near my home.

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