Tree Hugger?

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Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infintitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.
— Rachel Carson

I've been trying to come up with something to accompany these photographs for a few days. They were taken at the Christchurch Botanical Gardens - a place I felt really connected to. For me, sometimes other people say exactly what I am unable to put into words. What Rachel Carson wrote about it is really what I felt when two of my friends and I lay for awhile in this little spot surrounded by tall pine trees (5th photo). 
 

I also really love this quote by the philosopher Alan Watts - "You didn’t come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here."
 

I did this quiz on The Numinous about which elemental being you should channel and got this:

Gnome - You tree hugger you, you got the elemental of the Earth; the Gnomes! These powerful faery friends know all of the secrets of Mother Earth herself and encourage stability and grounding when you need some extra rooted vibes. Channelling Gnome energy will help you chill out wherever you’re at on your journey. To call them in, leave an offering of bread, milk or wine outside, and let them know you could use some wisdom. Linked with the direction of the North, Gnomes are a great elemental to work with in fall if you could use a strong foundation, some added security and a whole lot of wisdom.

Hence the title of this post (I really couldn't come up with anything else).

Just another nature post from me, and a collection of thoughts. Not really sure what I'm up to at the moment, but I'm feeling a closer connection to nature with each passing day - and it feels important for me to attempt to put it into words. I'm trying to do a bit more reading these days to kind of help me with this. I'm looking into the teachings of the Dalai Lama, and reading a lot more poetry. I've felt very lost for quite a few years, and I think I'm finally getting somewhere.

Cait Rammy