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Quote of the Day: Linda Tatlbaum

August 26th, 2012

No matter how hard you will ever work, you can never gain control over a wild wood, which teaches you something about human effort and the grandiosity of a life’s plan. I like to think the woods represent a limit to the humanly possible, a place where you can talk all you want but you’ll never convince the trees to obey.

Linda Tatlbaum from Carrying Water as a Way of Life: A Homesteader’s History




One can’t help but feel very insignificant when surrounded by a very old wood. As gardeners, we try to bend nature to produce the look that we want. When you travel into the woods you realize that nature really does do it better than we every could.

When was the last time you spent time in the woods?

7 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Linda Tatlbaum”
  1. Rocky Top Farm on August 26, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I love this quote! I feel most at peace in the woods and wilderness! Creation is an amazing thing!

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  2. KimH on August 26, 2012 at 11:23 am

    My mom & step-dad who live in Texas were here this week and on Tuesday I took them to Niagara Falls & then to Lily Dale NY which is a Spiritualist summer camp who’s services are outside, right in the middle of some beautiful old woods. Its the most beautiful, awesome feeling sitting there.

    We also often ride our motorcycles thru the parks here which are full of woods. Before I moved here, it was one of the places M’honey took me to show me around and I fell in love. This area and places I travel to are so full of woods that its not difficult to find myself surrounded by them.

    I’ve always been a woods child, playing for hour upon hour in them and as a teen I & my cousins did as well..

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  3. Maybelline on August 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Haven’t been to the woods in some time. Your quote reflects my thought on globe warming/climate change.
    Maybelline´s last post ..Slug Bug

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  4. Joan on August 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Susy, Linda Tatelbaum lives within a few minutes of where you are moving! We know her and I’m sure you’ll get a chance to meet her.

    When was the last time that I walked in the woods? This morning, when walking back home from our cabin where we spent the night last night. Also had a wonderful 6 mile kayak paddle at sunrise today, so all in all I’ve had enough outdoor time today. Wish I could say that every day!

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  5. Missy on August 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Hey, I know those people in the woods! I always smile when our backs make a cameo appearance in the blog. =) The was at Bloedel Reserve last August, wasn’t it?

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    • Susy on August 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      Of course – love to include some photos of “real hikers” whenever I can!

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  6. Dawn on September 2, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    I just spent 2 years working in the Tongass National Forest – our largest national forest – the coastal/island panhandle – Southeast Alaska. The ancient forest is filled with running salmon, fishing bears, trickster ravens, screeching eagles, Native Alaskan basket weavers, fishermen, totem carvers and dancers. It is salmonberries, blueberries, fireweed, Devil’s Club-thick-forest with black slugs, grey whales, brown and black bears – and so much green. Anyone who wants to step back 100 years in time should visit this special treasure.

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