We’re nearing the end of October, and the natural world of course couldn’t be more beautiful.
I’ve recently read half of the book “Philosophy of Walking” by Frederic Gros. I had found the book on the ground about three summers ago downtown Toronto. It seemed as if someone lost it so I took it home with me, put it in my book collection and hadn’t paid much attention to it until this past September. This was actually the second time I found a book on the ground that I liked. The first time was “Women Who Run With The Wolves”.
It seemed like a special find seeing as it contains mini biographies on renowned thinkers who were known for their habits of taking long walks, as well as the author’s perspective and interpretation on the habits and thoughts of these intellectuals.
I was really enchanted by the sections about Nietzsche, Rousseau and Thoreau and I highly recommend reading the book for those parts alone. I was so inspired and savored every word … the thoughts of these philosophers confirms my feelings of how the natural world is so imperative for our minds and creativity, and my nostalgia for simpler, more nature-based times.
During my university studies, we didn’t talk about those kinds of ideas … it was all about civilization and how to organize it. All about being indoors.
I’ve really taken an interest in the thoughts of Thoreau and I’ve been googling quotes from him, particularly concerning autumn. Thoreau was an American, living in Concord so he lived in pretty much the same environment as I live in.
Turns out he wrote an essay called “Autumnal Tints”, which at the beginning he states,
“Europeans coming to America are surprised by the brilliancy of our autumnal foliage. There is no account of such a phenomenon in English poetry, because the trees acquire but few bright colours there.”
Well, all my life I had no idea that we have more brilliant autumnal hues here in North America than they do in Europe. But I suppose they do not have Sugar Maples there, nor do they have Sumacs.
This has made me appreciate our Canadian autumns so much more! And now I don’t feel bad about posting too many fall photos, since it seems we officially have bragging rights.
And so here are some of my photos of the week.
I absolutely love the look of these thistly looking plants without their petals.
Someone has told me on Instagram that they are called ‘Teasels’. I’ve seen them in beautiful floral arrangements. Unfortunately I couldn’t gather any myself, because they are very very prickly and I was not armed with gloves. But are they not stunning with the pinkish sumac leaves in the background?
When you open your eyes to the beauty of the natural world, and you spend some time everyday outdoors, there is never anything to be bored over.
Have a beautiful day.