Nature & the Quest for Meaning #40: I Love Summer!

I love Summer!

I love Summer!

This semester is almost over and Summer is about to start! I love Summer!

Summer is my favorite season for a variety of reasons: it’s my birthday season, it’s warm, there’s no school, and there’s so many possibilities!

This Summer, I’m going to be studying abroad in Italy, through the program ARTIS, which is very exciting! I can’t wait for Summer to start! I’m so excited!

Nature & the Quest for Meaning #39: Mother Nature, Make Up Your Mind!

Right now, it’s that awkward time of year where the mornings and evenings are extremely cold and windy, yet the middle of the day is warm and humid.

Every morning that I wake up, I have no idea what to wear. Mother Nature, make up your mind already! Do you want it to be cold or warm? Just pick one!

But please pick warm…I don’t like cold weather.

Nature & the Quest for Meaning #38: I’m Red and I Hurt

Photo by Susan Hanson

Photograph by Susan Hanson

Last weekend my Nature & the Quest for Meaning class had a camping trip in Medina, Texas.

We spent a few hours at the river and I wore a tank top but forgot to put on some sunscreen.

Let’s just say that aloe vera is my best friend right now.

Nature & the Quest for Meaning #37: You Can’t Guess My Favorite Color

Can you guess what my favorite color is?

Can you guess what my favorite color is?

Can you guess what my favorite color is?

If you know me, then you’ll know that I wear a lot of green and brown and that my room is decorated in green and turquoise. I love natural colors and try to surround myself with them. So can you guess what my favorite color is now?






It’s purple.

I think it’s actually odd that purple is my favorite color, because I don’t really own anything that’s purple. I surround myself with the colors of nature because it soothes me and helps put me in a stress-free environment. To me, the colors look natural and fresh, so I enjoy being around them because I enjoy nature.

Maybe someday purple won’t be my favorite color anymore…

Nature & the Quest for Meaning #36: Picnic in the Park

Photo by Susan Hanson

Photo by Susan Hanson

A few weeks ago, my Nature & the Quest for Meaning had a picnic during class at the park next to the San Marcos Nature Center and across the street from Herbert’s Taco Hut. That’s the same park that the Terry Scholars have adopted and that we keep clean on a regular basis through the Adopt-a-Spot program!

It’s a really lovely park and there’s an area that’s kind of hidden with picnic tables and a cool-looking bridge. There’s also a tree swing that you could use to swing into the river.

It was a pretty nice break from regular class.

Nature & the Quest for Meaning #35: Flying Mammals Visit Texas State

Photo by Susan Hanson

Photo by Susan Hanson

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn | Written by Mark Twain | Illustrated by Raymond Sheppard

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn | Written by Mark Twain | Illustrated by Raymond Sheppard

A few days ago, Dianne Odegard came to my Nature & the Quest for Meaning class to represent Bat Conversation International from and present about bats and the many myths that surround them.

Diane began her presentation with an informative PowerPoint presentation. She showed an impressive amount of varieties of bats, with more in Texas, with 33 species, than anywhere else in the United States. The smallest kind of bat is the “bumblebee” bat and the largest is a “flying fox,” or fruit bat, with an impressive 7-foot wingspan.

That’s longer than I am tall!

She also showed bats in the media, including in literature such as Mark Twain’s biography illustrating Huck and Becky running from bats in the forest. She explained that Mark Twain had lived near a bat cave and was very fond of the animal so he incorporated it into his work.

She explained just about everything about bats including their reproduction. Bats are the slowest-reproducing mammals for their size and only give birth to about two or four pups at a time. Usually though, a bat will only have a single pup. Although bats will swarm together in caves, mothers only allow their own pup to feed from themselves and can recognize their pup from its distinct cry and smell.

Because of the long amount of time it takes a bat to have a single pup, it’s surprising that there’s so many of them!

After presenting the Powerpoint presentation, Diane asked us all to write bat haikus in groups of two. We partnered up and wrote some bat poetry. After we shared a few of our words aloud, she asked us to email them to our professor so that she could post them on the Bat Conversation International Website.


Nature & the Quest for Meaning #34: Our Common Inspiration

Earth is where we all live…We all share Mother Earth as our protector and we all abide by Father Time’s rules. All around us, Nature lives, sometimes hidden, sometimes smothered, but always there. Nature is powerful, unforgiving, and cruel, yet it can also be beautiful, graceful, and gentle. Because Nature is omnipresent, it commonly inspires us and acts as a muse from which to work.

Here are a few people that found inspiration from Nature:



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