A daily reminder of the diverse and poignant life going on all over the place around humanity. Thoughtful words accompany intimate glimpses of many life forms, drawing us closer to our extended family and our beautiful larger home. Something for the eye, mind and heart that isn't selling something or asking us to do more than perceive and appreciate. A rare gift in these confused times. A breath of fresh air, expanding our horizons and bringing us home.
My day begins with John Caddy's words and images. Looking closely and compassionately at one wonderful aspect of our beautiful world connects me to all the others lying right under my nose and all over the place. Morning Earth also reminds me that there are many others appreciating the loveliness and poignancy of life on Earth, and that is a most valuable asset in these times when despair and anger can obscure this important reality.
The poem/photo combinations that I regularly receive in my inbox from Morning Earth provide a delightful source of joy and connection with our beautiful world. These pieces of art remind me to stay tuned with the beauty around me. I look forward to my daily dose of inspiration from John's pen and camera.
What a joy to start the day connecting with the natural order. It broadens my horizons and calms my soul.
This is a beautiful image that is a prayer to my eyes each morning. The images are a song of harmony and praise. I like the poems; I love the pictures.
I am so amazed at John's photographs. He gives the ordinary creatures the majesty they deserve, and put us in touch with the earth when some days you do not get there. The poetry is a fitting companion.
Finding Morning Earth in my inbox is like a breath of fresh air. The way John combines his extensive knowledge of nature with his skill as a poet and wordsmith is truly a joy. He has an eye for the beauty of natural forms, while teaching the connections between all living beings. Through his eyes we can all have a richer experience. If you don’t have time to smell the roses, you do have time for Morning Earth.
Everyday the photos and poems connect me to nature. I have learned about birds, plants, insects, mushrooms, grasses, landscapes, trees and human nature and much, much more. Though I have been a nature lover all of my adult life I have learned to see and understand the world around me in different ways as a result of the Morning Earth photos and poems. Why life has been greatly enriched and I often share the daily inspiration with a friend.
John marries the two things that give my life meaning....poetry and nature. His stunning photos and awesome images, plus his delightful sense of humor and sensitivity have delighted and inspired me for many years. I'm sure that I'm not the only one that considers John a special friend! He just plain makes the world a better place. This site deserves support because it's only purpose is to save us all!
Morning Earth is one of the best educational and personal sites I have found. John Caddy's daily poem is something I read every morning. It helps me to realize that I am a small part of an amazingly large circle of being. It makes me a better person. I also use the daily poems and other teaching resources with my fourth grade students. I have never seen such enthusiasm for writing and love of the earth with any students before I started the "earth" theme with my students. Morning Earth has touched all of us in very important and personal ways.
I teach biology to high school students. The curriculum is based on state standards and is very broad and dense. When the opportunity presents itself, I feel it is important to add to the life science learning outcomes and work a bit toward attitude outcomes. When we take a minute or three to look at a picture and poem projected on the screen, many times these inner city students find a calm place in nature that they have never known before. Sometimes I can see a shift in a student’s perspective and in the way they interact. We can also use it as a jumping off place for writing assignments, or as an introduction to a unit. Morning Earth is a wonderful resource for teaching biology. For myself, I use it as a chance to take a break from grading and prepping lessons. When I click on Morning Earth, occasionally it provides a brief period of relaxation and reflection. I don’t have any neurobiological data to prove it, but I truly feel that for an instant, my brain works in a different way.
Each day when I open my e-mail, Morning Earth is the first message I read. The photos and poems are inspirational. I've added some of the photos to my screen saver. Each day I forward the message to a colleague in my office. When I discover a particular poem that resonates, I often forward it to our daughters. We are John Caddy fans; his books of poetry line our home bookshelves. Often, John's sharp, imaginative photos and poems are the best part of my day! I'm also friend on John's facebook page. When I was teaching, I often shared the poems with my students and developed creative writing lessons around them. Morning Earth is the best!
I consider the day I found Morning Earth a truly profound beginning of meeting with those who love and cherish the earth. The website and each day of Morning Earth photography and verse engenders a reverence for even the smallest and overlooked forms of life. John Caddy's photography is sensitive and beautiful accompanied with words that convey his deep knowledge and appreciation of the natural world. I consider him the modern day Aldo Leopold. Many days I am moved to forward Morning Earth to friends in hopes of giving them just a moment of pause to reflect on some gem of nature we forget exists. It would be fantastic if the school systems had a way of incorporating the daily Morning Earth into each day as a touchstone for students.
Ever since a friend sent me a link to the website of Morning Earth, it has lifted my heart every morning with striking images in both words and photographs, taking me places I could not otherwise have visited, showing me aspects of familiar sights that I hadn't noticed, renewing my gratitude for a world of such beauty. Then I go for a walk in the park, looking for insights of my own. Food shelves feed the hungry in body. Morning Earth feeds the soul. It encourages respect for nature, an appreciation that makes people who come to be fed more likely to serve the world as well as inhabit it. Nobody could measure the general lift in spirits that John Caddy's free service, a photograph and a poem every week day, contributes to the world, but I know the benefit is substantial. The value of joy should not be underestimated. Mr. Caddy runs Morning Earth on his own, supported by donations. He could surely use further financial support.
Reading a poem every day brings out the honesty and passion and goodness in us. Reading a poem about our natural world every day helps us plant our feet and demand that some natural areas be left for our grandchildren. Caddy's poems are of interest to even those who normally wouldn't read poetry, because they speak in terms of relationships we can see through his lens. The photographs are stunning. The poems even more so. If I were a Biology teacher, every class would start with MorningEarth.
I begin every weekday morning with Morning Earth—a nature picture and a poem by John Caddy delivered to my email. It's great to start the day with beauty and new ecological understandings. Even more impressive is the Morning Earth website which is rich in photographs of animals and plants and stunning scenery, information about our world and our interpenetration with it, introductions to naturalists and much more. It is a great resource for educators and anyone who wants to more fully experience the wonders of the world we live in.
Always Inspiring. A wonderful way to start my day - The pictures are beautiful - I save them for my desktop sometimes and the poetry often captures some aspect of the world, about which I need to be reminded.
John Caddy's Morning Earth is always my second awakening. For his subscribers, each morning opens to a new and unexpected camera-glimpse of Nature's "back 40" and a poem the scene inspired. His amazing knowledge of the intricacies of life's circling and his gift for connecting outer to inner worlds is a jolt of joy reminding us to really see the Natural world; think about it! It's a feast!
John's daily images and words are so uplifting, honest and true and are a real insight into the natural world.
The poet, John Caddy, sends a daily email with an artistic photograph of a nature scene about which he has written a poem. The images are strong--both the written and the visual. Caddy has an eye for beauty and an ear for beautiful expression. I look forward to the daily reminder to pay attention to and be inspired by the world around us. I have used Morning Earth in my college classes and I often forward them to friends and family. We need more poetry in the world and Caddy's poetry is both accessible and profound so it appeals to a wide reaching audience.