Earth Day Adventures, Part 1

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“All states of a natural melancholy…an active longing for a richer relationship to the world than we have enjoyed before.”

(Paul Bogard, The End of Night)

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“Realize there is life greater than you, life that was here before you and will be after.”

(Paul Bogard, The End of Night)

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“Sweetly unaware that the world has quite moved on.”

(Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods)

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“We peer with such instant eagerness at animals it must be more than their novelty; it must be the sense that our planet is shared.”

(Edward Hoagland, Notes from the Century Before)

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These photos and quotes (taken from some excellent non-fiction outdoor exploration books) demonstrate the ephemeral, yet essential, impact of the beauty found in nature, often difficult to see in our developed city. “All that is required…is a willingness to trudge.” (Bryson)

North Bank Park: Downtown Columbus, Ohio

Erika Burwinkel

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