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Monday, March 25, 2013

A Fallen Earthly Glory {NSM}

You may have noticed a trend lately here at Fisher Academy. Nothing but nature study posts lately.
Well, too much life, I guess. It isn't at all indicative of the variety of our days. It's just that I like nature study and blogging about it is a way to keep myself accountable. Plus, I get to share some of our many monthly pictures. We have been ultra busy these last months from sun up to sundown with myriads of interesting pursuits and an equal quantity of distractions!

Or maybe you've noticed nothing and I just let the cat out of the bag?


Speaking of cats, I saw a friendly black and white spotted one the other day outside our garage door. Though, I haven't ever seen it inside our property's high wall. I did see a man last week in the street with a slingshot who let loose at one of our resident doves. I didn't hear or see anything fall, but he seemed convinced he had been successful as he eagerly tramped off into that part of high grass indicated by his baby-slinging wife following close after. However, neither of these seem sufficient explanation for the discovery of the mysterious demise of our flitting emerald gem.

"Look, Frank, that's a colibri. You 've heard of colibris?"
Frank looked at the living gem, which hung, loud humming, over some fantastic bloom, and then dashed away, seemingly to call its mate, and whirred and danced with it round and round the flower-starred bushes, flashing fresh rainbows at every shifting of the lights.
Frank watched solemnly awhile, and then:
"Qualis Natura formatrix, si talis formata? Oh my God, how fair must be Thy real world, if even Thy phantoms are so fair!"
...from chapter 17 in Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley 

Slightly traumatic it was when we found his eyes were either sunken or gone. As we gazed, we were struck that perhaps he had died recently; we saw movement! It seemed his heart was still beating or maybe his acutely wound nerves were causing him to still twitch. Only later did we discover, to our horror, the corpse was teeming with maggot-ish creatures underneath the feathers intent on their business of returning him to dust. Another pity was, the long thin wire-ish string sticking out the side of his beak, that we determined must be his tongue, gave him a rather grim aspect

Still, obviously, he had been a real beauty, so tiny too.

For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. 

It seems, since the Lord of all Creation knows we'll be looking, that He takes pleasure in spoiling us by showing off His beauty and wonders specifically on Nature Study Mondays! Fun. Even Bria noticed it this week. She said, "Weird! It seems like God gives us something extra special for nature study EVERY Monday!"  :)

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Anna Lewis said...

Amy, With all you have going, this amazes me. I had no idea about this website until today. I think I'll subscribe. Oh and I just love that picture of you, Micah, and the kids. Beautiful!

amyinperu said...


i'm SO glad you found me here! what a welcome face you are!! ;) do subscribe and we might stay in better touch this way?! i love the picture too. one of these days i'm going to get it printed really big and put it in my house! i've only been meaning to do that for almost two years now, but hey. guess who took it?! someone we both know and love!!! :)

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