Starving for Want of Wonder

January 9, 2013

Ornamental kale with melting frost

Ornamental kale with melting frost

”  . . . the object of my school is to show how many extraordinary things even a lazy and ordinary man may see if he can spur himself to the single activity of seeing.”
— G. K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles

“The world will never starve for want of wonders, but only for want of wonder.”
— G. K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles

“O wonderful,
wonderful,
and most wonderful wonderful!
And yet again wonderful . . .”
— William Shakespeare, As You Like It

I spend altogether too much time indoors in winter and feel starved for nature and light.  I don’t know why I resist the outdoors so much, because once I’m in the rhythm of walking and looking — even in the cold — I’m always glad I made the effort.  My spirit seems to open up outdoors.

I almost always find things that I am moved to photograph.  Like this water-beaded ornamental kale in a neighbor’s winter garden.  Worthy of an attempt to capture in my nature journal.

My work table

My work table

Watercolor sketch of kale leaves

Watercolor sketch of kale leaves

9 Responses to “Starving for Want of Wonder”

  1. Pia Says:

    Lovely sketches! I too hesitate to get out into the cold and wind, although I know it’s just a matter of dressing properly. Silly.

  2. melanyrae62 Says:

    Both photo and watercolors are absolutely beautiful! I too love to wonder and to be in wonder. I have a FB page I keep called Church of Wonder. I find there’s never a shortage of wondrous things to post there. Thank you for this lovely post.

  3. Chris Says:

    I love your leaf sketches….so realistic! I too, forced myself out a couple of days ago into the garden…I still had a few bulbs to plant and leaves to rake but it felt so good to get out for some exercise and fresh air! C’mon Spring! 🙂

  4. garden.poet Says:

    That photo is absolutely gorgeous, as are the sketches. I suffer from the same reluctance to get out!

  5. Irene Lem Says:

    beautiful sketches!

  6. Sigrun Says:

    Beautiful sketches – remember: days are getting longer!

  7. Scarvesnmittens Says:

    Every single post of yours is so inspiring, and your pictures and sketches are stunning… Thank you, for constant inspiration.


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