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When you’re stuck for words, look to mother nature

September 14, 2009

Nature is a dictionary; one draws words from it.

Eugene Delacroix

Eugene Delacroix, nineteenth century French Romantic artist, nature lover and traveller. Inspired by the colours of North Africa and the serenity in nature, Delacroix created masterpieces that still evoke today.

I am no artist. I cannot tell one end of a paint brush from the other. Like Delacroix, travel has inspired me to paint pictures but where he uses oils, I prefer words.

Ever so small masterpieces

Unstirred, exhausted, trusting, fragile — sometimes nature just needs time out to rest.

by Cate

by Cate

Eyes front, back and side, every movement noticed or so it seems — natures ability to create illusions. One of the most gifted illusionists around.

by Cate

by Cate

Delicate, striking, wasteful – I’ve always thought a butterfly’s life was time wasted. From pupa to butterfly  — volumes of food consumed and energy used solely to bear wings. Wings that flutter and fly, then, close forever days later.

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by Cate

Seen as one of nature’s finest pieces of art. Wilbur saw it as life saving, insects view it as a death trap. Beauty comes in both life and death art forms.

by Cate

by Cate

To truly experience travel, an equal balance of nature and culture is required. Like a skilled artist mother nature created a wide repertoire . Costa Rica’s tropical wildlife is like a river feeding the country’s soul. It flows from the rainforests in the mountains through valleys, deep into jungles ending on beaches and in the oceans. So rich is the country’s wildlife that it spills onto streets in its towns and cities.  A traveller in Costa Rica will never be short for words.

Now it’s your turn readers and writers. Choose a picture and let those words flow.

Caffeinated Traveller

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8 Comments
  1. Bear permalink
    September 14, 2009 10:31 pm

    Nature is grand in its eloquence and magic in its detail — very nice work!

  2. September 15, 2009 9:45 am

    You must have spent a lot of time searching and waiting in order to capture all these lovely pictures. Consider doing these while you are travelling, you are really a Nature Lover.

    I like the quote as well: Nature is a dictionary; one draws words from it.

    • September 15, 2009 10:03 pm

      Oh Rainfield, I wish that were true. Apart from the spidersweb the others were actually easy. I visited a nature reserve and butterfly house. But you are right about patience needed to photograph butterflies,

      Bear – how about trying a few words out with one of the pictures?

  3. Bear permalink
    September 16, 2009 10:18 pm

    Well okay … here are a few words 🙂

    Tree frogs amaze me … their tiny bodies produce volumous sounds.

    The moth camouflages itself as a leaf with the large eye to perhaps confuse predators. The intracies of nature are layered and clever.

    The blue iridescence exhibited by the butterfly is spectacular. Blue is an uncommon color in nature so this is not camouflage — perhaps a warning to potential predators because the insect tastes badly?

    The web of a spider is a wonderful construction that deserves a second look. The inner portions are pliable and sticky but the pliablity is key to absorbing the impact of the spider’s flying food without collapsing and the outer web portion is stiff to support the weight of the entire construction. How does this small animal manage such a design and produce silk of two different consistencies?

    Nature — grandly elequent and magically detailed 🙂

  4. September 17, 2009 11:52 am

    Nicely put, you should start your own travel writing gig!

  5. September 18, 2009 2:08 pm

    The first photo makes me smile. He (or she?) looks so cute! As a kid I was told not to hold frogs because the hand temperature of humans are too hot for them. Still don’t know whether that’s true or not.

    The last picture of the spider web looks magical. One of nature’s true mysteries.

  6. September 18, 2009 8:22 pm

    I was told not to touch frogs because they give you warts. I like your reason better.
    Spiders webs are wonderful things to look at but I really hate it when I walk into them and can’t get the fine webbing off my face. Or worse, the web is really springy which means a big spider lies in one corner watching.

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