Who needs gunpowder? . . .

Who needs gunpowder and other chemicals to create fireworks for the 4th of July when you have nature to do it for you?

Last night, northern Minnesota was treated to a wonderful natural light display, which I am positive was in celebration of the holiday. It started with fire in the form of an outside (human built) bonfire, the fireflies soon joined in adding flash to the light show and the frogs and crickets provided the sounds (and a few loon calls as well). Eventually, the clouds decided to bang together providing raindrop drums, with a spectacular lightening and thunder display. What a great way to celebrate what is so special and unique about this country on it’s birthday … it’s precious natural beauty.

The chance to experience a natural light display is available year long … look for rainbows by day and at night, get away from all those city lights that create a barrier to the show nature always has waiting for you.

Try watching a full moon rise and reflect on the lake. A blazing sunset can take your breathe away. When was the last time you gazed at the stars in the sky on a clear night? … have you ever watched long enough to see the big dipper move? It really does. Don’t forget the special light treasure found in the north, the miraculous northern lights. In my opinion, seeing these amazing clouds of color lighting up the night skies should be on everyone’s bucket list.

This 4th of July, if the annual fireworks display has been cancelled near you … venture out into the country instead and see what nature has to dazzle you with.

“To the dull mind nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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~ by bearyweather on July 4, 2010.

2 Responses to “Who needs gunpowder? . . .”

  1. Precious natural beauty indeed. I love that Emerson quote.

  2. What a great reminder that not just holidays can be filled with magic and light! 🙂 psst…love the advice from a bear on the homepage…fabulous!

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