|pond, Plymouth Massachusetts|
Thinking about Rachel Carson, biologist, ecologist and writer, mother of the modern environmental protection movement--this year is the 50th anniversary of her book Silent Spring. Silent Spring fostered an awareness of ecology in the general public when she wrote that pesticides not only poisoned bugs, but made their way up the food chain to birds, fish, water, and eventually people.
|tree roots, Andes New York|
She wrote several other books. The Sense of Wonder was written as a magazine article called Help Your Child To Wonder, and turned into a book after her death.
|Atlantic Ocean, South Carolina|
I included a favorite quote from The Edge of the Sea, in an earlier post, here.
|wildflower, Andes New York|
My own sense of wonder started in preschool, when I was allowed to wander with my dog, through the woods near our Virginia house. I was low to the ground, and have vivid memories of May apples, autumn leaves, and tree trunks.
|Sky and ocean, Hull Massachusetts|
There have been many tributes to Rachel Carson this year. This one from Orion is my favorite, and here from the New York Times is also very good.
|Trees, Taos New Mexico|
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
---Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
I have been preoccupied with Sandy this week, as well as a new work project, but am going to get outside and rake leaves today, enjoy autumn in New England. I hope that you are having a lovely weekend.