..and for all this, nature is never spent..



A Louisiana Heron rests on floating branches, its
reflected beauty lit by the descending sun in
a scene of utter tranquility.

Fitting for the dying light of a Sunday, this late day image of a Louisiana Heron inspires a sense of peace and rightness in the world. Better even than a glass of wine to take the edge off the nagging concerns of life. For some reason when preparing to post this image I was impelled to include the poem, God’s Grandeur by Gerard Manley Hopkins with it.  A kind friend once introduced me to the poem and ever since a copy has resided via magnets on my refrigerator. It reminds me there are things greater and grander than any toil or worry of mine and that maybe really God’s Grandeur cannot be spent but rather will keep and uphold us until our own light goes out.


God’s Grandeur

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
    It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
    It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
    And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
    And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
    There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
    Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
    World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
By Gerard Manley Hopkins



~ by Judy on October 28, 2018.

11 Responses to “..and for all this, nature is never spent..”

  1. Beautiful photo and poem, utterly serene as you say. Best, Babsje

    • Oh thank you. I think you experience the serenity of being out there and seeing these perfect scenes. I find catching a photo secondary to the vision itself. But, it is nice when you have it to re-experience and share.

      • You’re welcome and yes, I agree. There are those camera-less experiences when the actual memory ends up being even more vivid. My own Snowy Owl sighting a few years caught me without a camera and in my mind’s eye I can still see it alighting on top of the telephone pole near the train station, so vividly. Best, Babsje

  2. Lovely poem and photo, Judy!

    • Thanks. I do find that poem compelling somehow. I was not familiar with the author before a friend shared it. Would you believe it was written in 1877? Seems to have such modern themes of what man can do to nature via his work and toil but that there is a lasting God given freshness to nature that maybe will last despite us.

  3. Those reflections, and the green, both induce the sense of peace. And of course the heron, like the crane and stork, symbolises the wisdom gained only through patient watching. Great photo.

    • I remember so clearly standing there and thinking the scene so peaceful and lovely and just enjoying being there. The camera helps in remembering though with the capture. Hopefully there will be plenty of trips and this fall and moments of lovely respite.

  4. A beautiful, tranquil image.

  5. I agree that camera-less experiences can be memorable, but I also enjoy having images to return to, and enjoy. Somehow, the best photos capture not only the object but the experience, and peaceful images, like this one, can soothe the spirit even in the midst of the worst chaos.

    Sometimes I think my “best” photos are the ones that arise out of a true encounter with a bit of nature. I suppose it’s just to odd to think that some of our feeling can be caught up in the image, but if that weren’t true, technically imperfect photos wouldn’t have the power they sometimes have.

    • Actually the camera-less thing is great in theory for me I guess because when I see something great when I don’t have the camera in hand I feel at a loss and have to convince myself, its for the memory. I do like to bring it home. Oh well!! Its so hard to relax. But, it is true too that a technically perfect thing is no guarantee of making you feel a mood while another image less technically correct you just connect with. It is so interesting really. Maybe its a lesson on not being so hung up on being a technician and be open to art.

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