Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain. ~Henry David Thoreau
I loved this quote from Thoreau–perhaps because I am reading Walden at the moment anyway. Spring is perhaps the best time to observe this when everything is so fresh and new and it seems you can almost watch the plants growing.
With the abnormally warm spell over the weekend, for example, I literally saw a clematis grow over a foot up my lamp post!
But one of my favorite photos for this quote is one I posted from my San Antonio trip. I’ll share a little more about how this came to be. I was wandering in the San Antonio Botanical Garden, in my favorite part of the garden, the Old-Fashioned Garden, when something caught my eye. I’m not even sure why–there really wasn’t any color right at that particular spot.
When I looked closer I saw this tiny lizard, the same color as the day lily foliage. About all I could see of him was his eyes and the white stripe under his chin.
I won’t say I had the insect view–perhaps he had the “people” view!
He played “peek-a-boo” with me and the camera for a bit, but finally I was able to get this shot.