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“It is in your power to withdraw yourself whenever you desire. Perfect tranquility within consists in the good ordering of the mind,— the realm of your own.” 

― Marcus Aurelius

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“In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.”


- Charles A. Lindbergh

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"For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver."  

~ Martin Luther

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"Pluck not the wayside flower;
It is the traveler’s dower.”

~ William Allingham

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"For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver."  

~ Martin Luther

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"Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard."  

~ Standing Bear

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Pleneau Bay:

Photograph by Jonathan Green, My Shot:

Even with my dry suit, this split shot took so much time that I was frozen. Using a housing on my Nikon D200 with 12mm lens and fish-eye port, I was able to capture the mass of ice that represents the greater part of an iceberg under the water. The conditions off Pleneau Island, close to the Antarctic Circle on the peninsula, were near perfect with a clear blue day, bright sunshine, and crystal clear water. A day to remember and a moment never to be forgotten.

(via Your Antarctica Photos — National Geographic)

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“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” 
― Henry David ThoreauWalden: Or, Life in the Woods

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"Nature is man’s teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence."

- Alfred Bernhard Nobel

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"There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story."

- Linda Hogan

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"Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven."

- Rabindranath Tagore

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“Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.”

- George Washington Carver (American. Started his life as a slave and ended it as horticulturist, Chemist and Educator, 1864-1943)

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Nature is man’s teacher.     
She unfolds her treasure to his search,    
unseals his eye, illumes his mind,     
and purifies his heart;      
an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds     
of her existence.  

- Alfred Billings Street

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quantumaniac:

Bioluminescent Mushroom

First spied in 1840 by English botanist George Gardner, this species of bioluminescent mushroom, Neonothopanus gardneri,  went missing until just last year - an absence of over 170 years! A pair of primatologists studying a band of monkeys stumbled across the mushrooms a few years ago, which were later confirmed and led to last year’s paper. 
Although they escaped the hands of scientists for nearly 200 years, these mushrooms are quite familiar to the locals. The Brazilian people call it the flor-de-coco, or flower of the coconut, since it is usually found on dwarf palm trees remnants. 
Although glowing fungi are nothing new to science — there are 71 identified species — this particular species (named Neonothopanus gardneri, after the initial discoverer) is notable for its size and the extraordinary strength of its light.
 
“It glows more brightly than almost all other luminescent mushrooms,” said Dennis Desjardin, a fungi expert at San Francisco State University. “If you were in a dark room and you put one on a newspaper, you’d be able to read the words.”
 
Desjardin also noted that these mushrooms can grow up to three inches in diameter, which is giant compared to most bioluminescent fungi. The mushrooms are highly poisonous, and scientists are currently trying to figure out the purpose of the glow.