Thursday, October 16, 2008


October is a feast for the eyes with extravagant rich colours, bountiful harvests and big fall skies. I have taken many pictures this month and in reviewing them noticed a few which portrayed a simple, peaceful beauty. I have matched them with some quotations about simplicity.

The best things in life are nearest:
Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes,
flowers at your feet, duties at your hand,
the path of right just before you.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back
and realize they were the big things.

Robert Brault

If you have a garden and a library,
you have everything you need.


Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo da Vinci

You can't force simplicity;
but you can invite it in by finding as
much richness as possible in the few things at hand.
Simplicity doesn't mean meagerness
but rather a certain kind of richness,
the fullness that appears when
we stop stuffing the world with things.

Thomas Moore


  1. I love those quotes and your photos as well Ruth. We all need to simplify. :c)

  2. Thank you for that Thomas Moore quote--it's perfect.
    You've chosen some lovely things to look upon--such richness, I see.

  3. I love simplicity. I love finding beauty in the things around me, and your photos are beautiful!

  4. That milkweed pod photo is really nice--I have lots of those little fuzzies blowing around my yard right now.

  5. Lovely pictures and great quotes. We do indeed need to stop stuffing our world with things.

  6. Ruth,

    This post is awesome. I enjoyed reading the quotes and your photos are beautiful.

    I had to play catch-up again. Your post about the election, women's vote and your grandmother was very enjoyable. The photo of her with her friends is a treasure.

    I must take a trip to Burlington, but I doubt it will be this weekend. Still feeling a little under the weather.

    Enjoy the sights, sounds and fragrances of autumn, my friend. It has been beautiful in our area.


  7. I've seen the second half of the quote by Thomas Moore before and have always felt it true. Still, it's a struggle for me to stop stuffing my life with things.

  8. Beautiful and restful and the quotes are spot on. "'tis a gift to be simple, 'tis a gift to be free, 'tis a gift to come down where you ought to be."

  9. Love that first photo! Great quotes.

    I've been thinking a lot about contentment lately ... and somewhat along the vein of all of your quotes!

  10. Love the pictures,they are indeed peacful looking.The quotes along with the pictures paint a perfect scene.I agree ,we try to fill our lives with too many 'things'.

  11. With all that is happening on a global scale this post could not be more appropriate........beautiful quotes to match wonderful photography........

  12. These are great! I love the quotes by Cicero and Moore but trying to pick my favorite photo is really hard. The golden light on the brow of the hill captured me but then I saw the Amish buggy in front of the white cottage with the orange door. Striking! It would make a great painting! I love the last photo also and the one with the colored ivy hanging over the stone wall and...well, you can see, I really like them all!

  13. If it was only so simple: wherever I go there are vortexes of complexity trying to suck me in.

  14. Excellent quotes - all so true. Your photos did them all good justice.

    Nice post, Ruth.

  15. Very lovely scenes and quotes to match! Such peace in them. Your photographs are really wonderful!

  16. Thanks for the comments. I think we all strive for more simplicity but society makes it very difficult. Like Robert says, "There are vortexes of complexity trying to suck us in."

  17. This is a very beautiful post with heart touching photos and thoughts.I have been taking pictures of Milkweed pods this week and of autumn vistas that radiate serenity and peacefulness. Your opening photo is one that can absorb feelings and soothe worries.

  18. What a nice relaxing soul soothing post Ruth..thank you, I needed that today...

  19. Ruth you did another exceptional post, the photos and quotes are very nice.

  20. Beautiful pictures and quotes. My favorite is the first one.