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Season Compare: The Ellipse

When reading about the state tree of Colorado and our National Christmas Tree, I stumbled upon some historic photographs of The Ellipse that are close to a Creative Commons image on Flickr.


The Ellipse in early 1900s (Photograph from Wikimedia and the Library of Congress)


The Ellipse, undated, from the Norfolk and Western Historic Photograph Collection (Photograph courtesy of Norfolk Southern)


The Ellipse in November 2008 (Photograph by vladeb)

April 21, 2009 at 1:20 pm 1 comment

Need Nature Quotes?

Do you find yourself in need of some nature quotes? Well, then, I can hook you up! Just go to the Library of Congress and look up!


The Library of Congress – A One-Stop Shop for Great Quotes

I visited the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress last October. The interior of the building is memorizing. Not only is it downright gorgeous and appealing to the eye, but it is appealing to the intellect as well. Along the walls and the ceilings they have incorporated a number of quotes. I was pleased with how many focused on nature. Here are two of my favorites.


“Tongues in Trees, Books in the Running Brooks, Sermons in Stone and Good in Everything”

The quote comes from Act II of Shakespeare’s As You Like It:

And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.


“In Nature, All Is Useful, All is Beautiful”

This is a snippet of a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson:

In nature, all is useful, all is beautiful. It is therefore beautiful, because it is alive, moving, reproductive; it is therefore useful, because it is symmetrical and fair. Beauty will not come at the call of a legislature, nor will it repeat in England or America its history in Greece. It will come, as always, unannounced, and spring up between the feet of brave and earnest men.

With all that knowledge just on its walls, it is no wonder the Library of Congress inspired a unit of measurement for information.

More pictures of my visit to the Library of Congress can be found on my Flickr site.

December 4, 2008 at 8:00 am 1 comment


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