It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet.... As Ichabod jogged slowly on his way, his eye... ranged with delight over the treasures of jolly autumn. ~Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Beauty of a River

I came where the river
Ran over stones;
My ears knew
An early joy.
And all the waters
Of all the streams
Sang in my veins
That summer day.
-  Theodore Roethke, The Waking, 1948

Paint me a picture of the landscape. 
Dance me the dance of the waves. 
Sing me of the legends of the river. 
Tell me the story of the sky.
~author unknown~

No one can  see their reflection in running water,
It is only in still water that we can see
~Taoist proverb~

"Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge 
and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, 
you will suddenly know everything there is to be known."
~Winnie the Pooh~


Chef E said...

You have given me the title to my poem!

Thanks, the photos are wonderful!

Madeline"s Albumn said...

Connie, What lovely photos and quotes. Have a blessed evening. Madeline

Brian Miller said... going to the river...listening to it roll by...lots of beautiful nature around you there...

thecrazysheeplady said...

Lovely quote that first one.

Teresa Evangeline said...

Wonderful quotes with great photos to illustrate. Thank You!

Midcenturymadam said...

Beautiful! Wish I were going to the river today instead of driving to Modesto. Enjoy some cold river water for me.