Saturday, March 21, 2020

Quote of the Day (Rachel Carson, on Spring and the Healing ‘Refrains of Nature’)

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”—American scientist and nature writer Rachel Carson (1908-1964), The Sense of Wonder (1956)

Over the past week, as the dread and horror of the coronavirus have spread, I have felt even more urgently the need to get out of the house. My office, library, and theaters were closed. The other day, I was even surprised to see the gates locked at a local stadium where I often walk around the track.

It was with relief, then, and with a sense of joy that I discovered Foschini Park, a few miles from where I live in Bergen County, NJ, to be open. I got to photograph what I came for: signs of spring on the first day of the season. 

There were few people out in this nearly 28-acre park on this sunlit day: a couple and their son on bicycles, four or five kids playing baseball, and two joggers, running separately.  (Surely glad to comply with the federal government’s new directive: stay six feet away from the nearest person.) 

Maybe, at some point a few weeks or months ago, more people will rediscover the hope generated by nature that Ms. Carson alludes to.

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