I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor—such is my idea of happiness. And then, on top of all that, you for a mate, and children perhaps—what can more the heart of man desire?

Leo Tolstoy (via sunrec)

(Source: paintedbysun, via sunrec)



Read David Foster Wallace’s This is Water in its entirety here.


The White Egret Flower(Pecteilis radiata) is a species of orchid endemic to China, Japan, Korea and Russia. This plant’s flower indeed looks much like a snowy egret with its display plumage puffed out. As its name shows, this type of wild Orchid comes only in white flowers. A completely grown flowering spike can have ten flowers, and can attain the height of sixteen inches.

pronunciation | ‘sE-yazhnotes | sillage is how close a perfume stays to your skin; perfume with light sillage does not leave much trace in the air. also, not to be confused with silage (sy-ladzh), which is a type of cow food.

Foot in mouth; head in sand.


Ferdinand Staeger, Jugend magazine, 1910.

Léon Bonvin (French, 1834-1866), Fisherman on a Pond with Willow Trees, 1865, watercolor with gum heightening, gouache details, iron gall ink and pen on paper, 10 1/4 x  8 1/16 in. (26 x 20.5 cm)

His body smelled like a precious-wood forest; his hair, like sandalwood, his skin, like cedar. It was as if he had always lived among trees and plants.

Anaïs Nin (via larmoyante)

(via uplikedoves)

As dreams are the healing songs from the wilderness of our own unconscious, so wild animals, wild plants, wild landscape are the healing dreams from the deep singing mind of the earth.

Dale Pendell, Living With barbarians (via annsherbals)

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Campanula patula - Spreading Bellflower

Mimulus pictus - Calico Monkeyflower 

Gentiana affinis - Pleated Gentian