Excerpt from Studies in Nature and Country Life
Most of us, I believe, have far more chances of living with Nature and of trying to under stand the meaning and beauty of the world around us than we are at all able to profit by. We have eyes but we do not see, we have ears but we do not hear, and so we go through life, missing half the pleasures that have been pre pared for us, and understanding but a small part of what we do not miss. Let us therefore try to learn, while we may, how to make good use of our time.
The best way to begin is to go out into the country for a little while and look about us, and then, when we have remembered and thought over what we have seen, go again to find out if the things we notice are still there and look the same as they did before. Some of the ones we saw at first will have altered and new ones will have appeared. By going out at different times of the day and different seasons of the year we shall soon know what there is to be seen. This is the way in which artists and poets study the world, and find out a great deal more about it than most of us will ever do. They will not perhaps spend much time in the fields, but they will see a great deal, and remember some special part of what they have seen. They have this wonderful gift of observation. More over, they can afterwards tell us what they have seen, and can put down the meaning of it to them in colours or in words for us to study.
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