The older I get, the more I fall in love with the Earth and with how amazing she is. I don’t do as good a job of caring for her as she does for me, and doing better in this area is one of my consistent goals. I do try consistently to appreciate all the amazing things in nature–even in my own back yard or the parks I walk in.
Since we’ve been in quarantine, I have seen all these wonderful animal events happening, but I hadn’t had time to write or paint about them until now.
So, this is my Earth Day celebration one day late. All of these pictures are inspired by animal occurrences I witnessed in my own yard or in the park I walk in (but haven’t been able to lately).
Guys, I live in the suburbs, and animals still do the coolest things around my house. Miracles are all around us.
I was walking in the park the other day, and a squirrel jumped onto a tree right by my head, which scared me at the time but was pretty cool.
We have this groundhog that visits our back yard sometimes. I have never seen him in the front yard until the other day when we were about a week or so into quarantine. He was sitting in our front yard, on his back legs, looking around–like he couldn’t figure out why everything was so quiet.
We’ve lived in our house for a long time, but in the last few years, we have started having all these wild bunnies visit our yard. The other day, I looked into out backyard, and there were these two bunnies playing. One of the bunnies jumped at the other bunny, and the other bunny jumped straight up in the air about two feet. They were having a grand time.
I was digging in the dirt in my back yard the other day, planting my flower garden, and I ran into these guys. Okay, to be fair, the worms in my yard don’t wear hats. Neither do the beetles. But I like to imagine them engaging in friendly repartee from time to time.
Thank you, Earth, for all the beautiful and special gifts you give us.
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My name is Shelly Johnson, and I am a writer and philosopher with a Ph.D. in philosophy. One of my primary personal and philosophical interests is how we can learn to love ourselves and each other better in order to cultivate personal and political resilience. I teach ethics and a variety of other courses at a local college. I am the author of the blog Love is Stronger. I am also the author of three logic and critical thinking books for high school and middle school: _Argument Builder_, _Discovery of Deduction_ (co-author), and _Everyday Debate_, published by Classical Academic Press. You can reach me at email@example.com. View all posts by shellypruittjohnson