Mother Nature has a way of creating beautiful things. We don't need to do anything to them; we just need to look closer.
The 19th century American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, "The earth laughs in flowers." What a wonderful thought!
What can you say about plants? From the very simple to the most striking, they come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and are a wonder to behold. Their diversity is a testament to Mother Nature's rich imagination and generosity.
In everything they do, trees are givers, not takers—providing shade for all who pass or linger beneath, a home for animals and insects, and its life for all of us who live in a traditional home. They are also inspiring as noted by Lebanese-American poet, writer and artist Khalil Gibran, "Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky."
Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, "For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move." True enough. Going hand-in-hand with that, I also believe one of life's great pleasures is to explore a place I've never been and discover its treasures.
Oregon has always been a favorite place to visit. It just seems to exude an independent spirit and casual vibe that I love.
Regardless of my desire to travel to unknown places, Hawaii is truly a special place and will always be my home.