I put a capital N on Nature and call it my church – Frank Lloyd Wright


Celebrating Frank Lloyd Wrights 150th birthday (born, June 8, 1867)


Taliesin East, Spring Green Wisconsin - Frank Lloyd Wright's home, August 25,2015  - bruce witzel photo

Frank Lloyd Wright’s home, Taliesin East -Spring Green Wisconsin – August 25, 2005


Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West - photo of a photo, original photographer unknown


“Whether people are fully conscious of this or not, they actually derive countenance and sustenance from the “atmosphere” of the things they live in or with. They are rooted in them just as a plant is in the soil it is planted . . . They now have a certain dignity and pride in their environment; they see it has a meaning or purpose which they share . . .”  Frank Lloyd Wright


Fennel in our garden - francis guenette photo

Yarrow in our garden – photo by Francis




Organic Architecture - Hanna's Honeycomb House - bruce witzel photo


Plaque at entry to Hanna House, Stanford California - bruce witzel photo


Hanna House Window Wall - bruce witzel photo

Hanna House by Frank Lloyd Wright – May 27, 2010


Office and library of the Hanna House - May 23, 2017 - bruce witzel photo






Hanna House patio - Bruce Witzel photo




Bruce at the living room entrance of the Hanna House on May 23, 2010 - buce witzel photo

“We no longer have an outside and an inside as two separate things…

they are of each other.”     ~ Frank Lloyd Wright ~



Cheers ~ Bruce


a flower - bruce witzel photo



15 thoughts on “I put a capital N on Nature and call it my church – Frank Lloyd Wright

  1. Bruce, Yet another example of how humankind can live in harmony with the Earth, should we choose to do so. Thanks for the commemorative on Wright, one of my favorites, too. Beautiful photos, too, as usual.

    • Your welcome Katherine. When we visited the Hanna House which is located on Standford University, what was also neat about it was the Hanna’s themselves. Of course they have passed on, but both husband and wife we’re academic leaders and early proponents of early childhood education (and understanding.) The beautiful environment they lived in must have really helped stimulate their live work, as a beautiful environment to be in does for every person.

  2. Beautiful photos, Bruce, and the quote from Frank Lloyd Wright.

    We who live in large urban centers can easily lose our connection with the natural world of which we are an intrinsic part. In removing the capital letter from “Nature” and “Earth,” we make them insignificant in our lives. Immersed in humankind’s glorious creations, we can easily forget that without the natural gifts of the Earth – too numerous to list here – we would cease to exist as a species. As a result, we are caught in the illusion of the economy versus the environment.

    • That is why I believe the greening of our cities is so important, on so many levels – their transformation from mere places of commercialization and consumerism into life giving spaces, helping peoples well being and modeling a gentler world, and conserver societies.

      As for the illusion of how we must choose the economy over the environment, I recall writing about this in my post “Practical Change” https://throughtheluminarylens.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/practical-change/

      I began by saying “Modern civilization has largely fallen into a dualism that seems to put ecology and economy as two opposing forces”, when “in reality, the two, are interrelated.” Eco or “oikos” – translated as home – is the root word of each. They’re not opposing forces…. they’re synonymous and inter-related.

      I’m always encouraged from your comments, Rosaliene. As Charles Brandt commented to me recently ” we’re all in this together.”

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