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Nature’s Nightlife

on October 11, 2012

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”
—John Muir (Environmentalist, 1838–1914)

Today’s catnip journeys into the realm of the night: a place of darkness where there is light, a place of shadows but not of fright, a place serene in tranquil scenes, a place where you may or may not have been. . .


Nature’s Nightlife

Nature by day renders amazing views
From zesty pastels of spring
To autumn’s golden hues

Butterflies and daisies go hand-in-hand
As endless summer meadows
Stretch forth over the land

Winter time glistens a personal glow
Adding magic to the air
Mosaics in the snow

Ah-h, such beauty by day, what of the night?
Does nature curl up and sleep
Totally out of sight?

Doesn’t nature’s nightlife buzz and flurry
Watching, waiting, wondering
With patience, no hurry?

Nocturnal gardens remain fascinating
Ugly weeds during the day
At night begin blossoming

Gypsum’s voluptuous trumpet flowers
Challenge French perfumes
While hosting dark after hours

Night owls, sleepwalkers and insomniacs
Witness fleeting brilliance
Deep forest greens to delicate lilacs

Dusk ’til dawn, exotic blossoms unfurl
Quaking, twisting and popping
Within nature’s night world!


“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”
—John Muir (Environmentalist, 1838–1914)

What is your favorite sight or sound

of nature’s nightlife?

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Be sure to visit Len @MYOWNHEART.ME for a personal reflection on night life. It is great with an amazing video at the end!

27 responses to “Nature’s Nightlife

  1. Beautiful post and I love the dragonflies by day and the fireflies by night!

  2. We don’t have fireflies (“lightning bugs”) where I live now and I miss them. Thank you for a lovely post that reminded me of warm Southern evenings watching lightning bugs dance across the back yard.

  3. We don’t have fireflies (“lightning bugs”) where I live now and I miss them. Thank you for your lovely post and for reminding me of warm Southern nights with lightning bugs dancing across the back yard.

    • catnipoflife says:

      Catching the “lightning bugs” was always a treat to me as a little girl. I loved watching them and even letting them go was an amazing sight as they darted about once they hit the open air.

  4. Micki Peluso says:

    Beautifful picture and awesome poem. Did you write that poem? It’s awesome!!

  5. Bullfrogs “broack” in the big ol pond, lightning bugs darting in and out of the trees, fish jumpin and owls hooting. the sound of coyotes howling and yip yappin as they chase a newborn calf.

  6. I love the owl in the tree outsdie calling to another further away. We call them moreporks here, because that’s what their call sounds like….

  7. Peggy Strack says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Sharla. The way you string words together is pure art.

  8. Aditya says:

    What Serene and Beautiful Pictures! The lines too were enchanting! Great work, thanks for that 🙂

  9. Teepee12 says:

    Reblogged this on Serendipity and commented:
    Beautiful. Just that. But what more does it need to be?

    • catnipoflife says:

      Les, your comments went to spam…UGH! Thank you for stopping by for a visit:>)

      • Books & Art - Spirit & Soul - Lesley Fletcher says:

        It should be okay from now on (fingers crossed) – so annoying though as I don’t feel like either posting or commenting. I replied to someone on my own blog and it went into spam – Just how efficient is that?!!

  10. orepuk says:

    Un joli diaporama,les photos de nuits sont toujours très belles.

  11. Peggy Strack says:

    Once again, Beautiful!

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