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.