Life Imitates Art

Oscar Wilde said in 1891 that “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” I think that still holds true today. Check out these gorgeous landscape and nature photographs paired with my favorite nature-themed book quotes. I hope you like them as much as I do.

Nassau, Bahamas

“Dusk is just an illusion because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. And that means that day and night are linked in a way that few things are there cannot be one without the other yet they cannot exist at the same time. How would it feel I remember wondering to be always together yet forever apart?”

-Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Austin, Texas

“Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay.”

-Robert Frost, Nothing Gold Can Stay

Palo Duro Canyon, Texas

“But especially he loved to run in the dim twilight of the summer midnights, listening to the subdued and sleepy murmurs of the forest, reading signs and sounds as a man may read a book, and seeking for the mysterious something that called—called, waking or sleeping, at all times, for him to come.” 

-Jack London, The Call of the Wild

Ponce, Puerto Rico

“A fragrant breeze wandered up from the quiet sea, trailed along the beach, and drifted back to the sea again, wondering where to go next. On a mad impulse it went up to the beach again. It drifted back to sea.”

-Douglas Adams, The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide: Five Complete Novels and One Story

Caprock Canyon, Texas

“See, they’re currently in alien terrain, surrounded by millions of the most vicious creatures on the planet. Humans.”

-J.K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

Pebble Beach, California

“Denna is a wild thing,” I explained. “Like a hind or a summer storm. If a storm blows down your house, or breaks a tree, you don’t say the storm was mean. It was cruel. It acted according to its nature and something unfortunately was hurt. The same is true of Denna.”

Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Redwood Forest, California

“Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this, their only chance to soar.”

-Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing

Garden of the Gods, Colorado

“A cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things.”

-George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Bushkill Falls, Pennsylvania

“Two of life’s greatest pleasures, by my reckoning, are camping and reading—most gloriously, both at once.”

-Michael Finkel, The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

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