Inherit the Earth – WPC

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”

Wendell Berry*



This week as I was looking out my kitchen window I saw that our magnolia tree had presented us with a beautiful gift.  As I admired the creamy white blossom, my eye was drawn to a second flower, shown below.



“It’s not how old you are, it’s how you are old.”

Jules Renard

Clearly this second flower was past it’s prime, and yet in my mind it was equally beautiful in its own way. This set me to thinking about how gracefully we humans age, and how we perceive beauty in ourselves and others.



“Black and White are the colors of photography.”

Robert Frank

As I was enjoying my quiet moments with the blooms a movement on a nearby palmetto tree caught my eye. It was an energetic little red-headed woodpecker probably seeking its breakfast as I was enjoying mine.  My thoughts turned to the simple yet beautiful scene in front of me, and the importance of preserving nature’s gifts for generations to come. After all, is that not the most important inheritance they will have?



“We inherit nothing truly but what our actions make us worthy of.”

George Chapman

As I moved from capturing the silhouette of the bird I noticed a fallen magnolia leaf below my window. The leaf  clearly showed signs of its demise but also maintained an element of beauty in the patterns and colors it displayed.  I was reminded of what a remarkable world we live it, and how important it is to notice the small things that make it so. Let us hope our children and our children’s children can say the same thing.

WPC: Heritage

*The opening quote has been attributed to many sources, including an anonymous Native American and several other sources. The first written version however, is attributed to Wendell Berry



76 thoughts on “Inherit the Earth – WPC

  1. You’re a master at linking concepts, words and images together. And aren’t magnolias wonderful subjects – leaves and flowers alike? But the woodpecker silhouette – that’s a knock-out, Tina!

  2. A lovely photo series Tina, and a good reminder to take the time to notice the small things around us. I really like the first quote – hopefully more and more people will start seeing the world this way:)

  3. Such a beautiful post Tina and deeply thought provoking. There is so much beauty in the world yet I am so worried about the health of our planet and what future generations will have.

  4. A vignette of beautiful photos & words woven together. Unique awesome woodpecker take. Great eye & mind as always!!

  5. Such a wonderful start to your morning, Tina. It’s not how old we are that determines our beauty but rather how we carry ourselves. Love that orange flower you captured there, and I thought that shade of orange was lovely. Bravo with the woodpecker silhouette. Very, very creative and it looked like you drew it (did you draw it?). ‘how important it is to notice the small things that make it so.’ Agreed. It is little things that we have around us that ultimately gives us a sense of purpose and a sense of fulfillment in how we go about our lives 🙂

    • LOL, no, I didn’t draw it Mabel. I shot it in color and then played with it in B&W and liked this version. Glad you liked it! It was a lovely morning indeed :-). Appreciate your visit and comment.

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  7. Isn’t it beautiful when your thoughts flow from one little moment to the next. Your photos are also beautiful, and I especially love the woodpecker.

  8. In 1988 I was standing in a que to enter the dining hall of our residence. Some students were debating and one remarked that we must protect the land inherited from our forefathers. It was the when when his oppenent stated the Afrikaans version (in my mind being original version) of the Berry quote – I was impressed
    Woody does it for me as well.
    And by the way I cannot understand why people claim you are are aging gracefully, you cannot be a day older than 30 🙂

    • Ahhh Abrie, if only it were so – actually 30 is truly my mental age altho my chronological years are a big larger LOL. Thanks for the fun background story! >

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  10. Especially love the woodpecker silhouette! I skipped the aging gracefully and just flat-out fell into old age!
    T, you’re definitely doing the ” slowly and gracefully” way! 🙂

  11. I love the silhouette, too, Tina. Although I very much like the Berry/whoever quote, at my stage of life, the Renard quote has much more relevance. 🙂 Thanks for sharing both photographic and written beauty again this week.


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  13. Loved your post, Tina. So beautifully presented. The Jules Renard quote is so true. Aging is a transition of the body and the mind. ❤

  14. Lovely post, Tina! I’ve been admiring rhododendrons and laburnum working together beautifully in mine too. We have all the gifts of nature. All we need to do is preserve them. It shouldn’t be too much to ask. X

  15. Tina. Beautiful photos and commentaries Hope u are both well I am slowly emerging from my post surgery cocoon Take care T

    Sent from my iPhone


  16. Beautiful photos. I’m not sure how easy it is to age gracefully. In the early process of aging it is painful but the alternative is not good. I loved all your quotes. Thank you.

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