Enchanted

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Albert Einstein

 

In a wooded area not far from home is an enchanted forest.

 

It is the place where fairies and pixies live and play.

Sceptical? I don’t really blame you. We’ve been conditioned to think that such things as enchanted forests exist only in fairy tales or tucked away in our imagination for no one else to see. As kids we were taught that imagination had a time and place, usually an hour or so set aside during creative writing class. Imagination was encouraged, but only if it didn’t interfere in our “real” work, which had nothing to do with using one’s imagination.

I love the above quote by Einstein, one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century. Now if someone with Einstein’s intelligence acknowledges the importance of imagination, deeming it more important than knowledge then, who is this writer to argue?

So humour me as I allow my imagination to tread upon the moss-covered rocks.

I can’t help thinking/imagining that this small wooded area has the potential to make it into a work of fiction one day.

These rock formations are indeed unique to this area, and whenever I come across these photos I can’t help but let my imagination soar.

Do you agree with Einstein that imagination is more important than knowledge?

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42 Comments

  1. Torry

     /  February 21, 2012

    Yes I agree with the statement… But maybe that is because I know where the fairies play
    on property!

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  2. Elayne

     /  February 21, 2012

    Would that by chance be near by where the “Mars Bar Fairy” lives?

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    • No, it isn’t. It’s down past the Franey Corner. Beautiful, isn’t it, Elayne?

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    • Torry

       /  February 21, 2012

      Oh dear….I forgot about her!! Lots around here
      Then!!

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      • What? You’re saying you forgot about the Mars Bar Fairy? Torry, Torry, Torry. And here I thought you were in cahoots with her.. lol!

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        • Torry

           /  February 21, 2012

          All fairies need a little help every
          now and then…. I was just the little
          helper …..

        • LOL!!! Admit it, you secretly imagine being a fairy or pixie, right Torry?

        • Torry

           /  February 21, 2012

          How did you know ???? That’s what the
          weight loss will help with…. Shrinking me
          tiny!

        • I noticed that the bars were all Mars Bars slim.. I thought it was a hint for me..Perhaps not..

  3. Judi

     /  February 21, 2012

    Yes, I agree. I just wish that I had a really good imagination. Oh, the quilts I could design, or cards that is could made. Wow, that would be so cool. If I had half of what you mind comes up with just think what I could do….LOL

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    • Well, maybe if you just let you mind go, Judi. We all have an imagination, sometimes we are just too afraid to let it go wild. Dreaming big can give big results. Have you ever tried designing a quilt? You just never know, girl. You might surprise yourself.

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  4. Torry

     /  February 21, 2012

    But Judi does have a great imagination….
    You choose the colours for your quilts….
    Putting together ones that work ….. And I saw
    Your books yesterday….

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  5. alisondelory

     /  February 21, 2012

    Beautiful pictures. They remind me of Ontario and some hikes we used to do around and atop caves in the Halton area. Imagination is perhaps the most important of all virtues. It lets you envision and dream possibilities. In fact, I may argue that imagination is knowledge.

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    • Thanks Alison. It makes me wonder how many beautiful places we are unaware of.

      Certainly, without imagination, nothing would ever be invented or created. Imagination is what keeps life interesting, allowing us to keep trying for more.

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  6. Oh yes, I agree with him completely. Where would we be without the imagination of great minds. Think of how sad we might be without Da Vinci or Tolkein? The imagination of man has taken us to the shores of new lands, allowed us to visit alternative worlds and taken us beyond the stars to “discover where no man has gone before.” Those pictures are the stuff dreams are made of, the inspiration for a Celtic Folktale of pixies and the wee folk dancing in the woods. They are the land of a Moon Goddess and the hiding place for a host of herald angels. Thanks for the visit into part of your world … I had a great time :)

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    • Yes, the imagination of great minds has certainly propelled us to greater heights, but even the imagination of not so “great” minds has enhanced our world. We generally tend to think of the imagination of those great people, but many, many ordinary people have come up with some astounding ideas often times out of necessity. That means there is hope for us all. :)

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos. I think it is a wonderful spot for fairies to stop and play, to sit upon a mossy knoll and run barefoot through the trees. :)

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  7. Gosh. What a beautiful spot. You are probably correct, Laura. It is a place where pixies and fairies might live.

    I couldn’t resist. I had to check the map. Franey Corner is awfully close to…oh, I can’t say without giving away a story line…and Labrador Castle. Very intriguing. I’m going to have to mark that place on my ‘to visit’ map this summer. I wanted to go to Cherryfield anyway to check out the cemetery for MacDonald relatives and I have to pass right through Franey Corner. I can hear the kids moan now…until we get out and start exploring. Who knows, maybe a picture will turn up on a book cover. :-)

    For some odd reason, I believed you were located more on the Valley-side of the province. I hadn’t realised Dalhousie Road was on the South Shore, so close to the heart of the Diebert/Tipert family. Duh on my part. I’ve been lost there a few times. lol

    Love the quote. So true.

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    • I wasn’t aware of any cemetery in Cherryfield, although I suppose it’s a family plot, is it? You’ll be driving right past my place, Diane if you’re going to Cherryfield. We usually say we’re on the South Mountain or South Hill. We’re really in the middle. I went to school in the Valley, but kids down the road a little further went to New Germany. We’re quite unique.

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  8. I agree with that statement. Knowledge without imagination can only get you so far, but with it one can soar! LOVE LOVE LOVE your enchanted woods!

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    • Thanks Suzicate! It was a most calming place to be, and the first time I’d ever been there. It’s not a spot that many people would know about. A friend of mine took us. She’d been there many years ago. It took a little while to find the spot, but I’m glad we did. :)

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  9. Beautiful photos. I love finding places like that. Here is my take on what you said:

    Imagination is the key to knowledge. Imagination opens the door to wide open spaces where knowledge is waiting to be discovered.

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    • Yes, the photos turned out quite well. I think we might be surprised by nature if we had the time to do a little more exploring in our own area.

      I definitely think that imagination is the key to knowledge. I’m becoming a fan of Einstein I think. He had some pretty great quotes. No problem with his imagination. :)

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  10. That’s an interesting quote, hadn’t heard it before. I would say, blessed is the person who has both knowledge and imagination.

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    • I came across the quote just the other day and really liked it, wondered then how I could use it in a blog post. Inspiration can come from many places. :)

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  11. Most certainly. Imagination every time. I lived across the road from an enchanted forest. We played there several times a week, when we weren’t playing on our farm. I had a wonderful childhood. Do you suppose it’s why I’m a writer today? could be. One of my favourite TV shows is Once Upon a Time…

    Great post. Thank you, Laura.

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    • I’ve been watching Once Upon a Time and really enjoying it!!

      While I’m not huge into Fantasy novels, I do enjoy watching tv programs that are pure fantasy. Go figure.
      Who knows maybe one day a story I tell will be fantasy.

      It must have been wonderful living across the road from an enchanted forest when you were a child..Oh the fun…

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  12. In early grade school the teachers told me to use my imagination. Well I could not imagine what they were talking about. In the utility room Father had plumbing tools, cement tools, carpentry tools, mechanic tools and lawn tools. But there was no imagination tool to use. Then these adults(alleged) told me I have to pay attention. How was I to pay for anything at 8 years old and no job?

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    • Pay attention, indeed! I’m applauded to think that an eight year old had to be told to use his imagination, and to top things off being told to pay attention. That’s outrageous! Seriously, couldn’t you have used your lunch money?

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  13. Great pictures Laura. My daughter lives on a piece of property just like that on the west coast. I do believe fairies and pixies live there too. Imagination is everything. I look forward to this place in your writing some day.

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    • Thanks, Darlene! Most assuredly pixies and fairies live in these enchanted woods. It’s nice to know that these little places exist not just in our imagination. :)

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  14. Wonderful photos of a truly enchanted place. And I couldn’t agree more about the power of imagination. Mine has been smothered for a while under work and a bad cold, but I plan to meet her again today with a coffee in front of the fire, journal in hand. Have a creative day everyone!

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    • I had known for some years that this place existed not far from home, but not until last summer did we actually find it. I’m glad we did.

      Life gets so busy at times, we don’t have time to go out and play with our imagination. I wonder if she ever gets lonely?

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  15. I agree with Einstein completely, for without imagination there is no knowledge. :-)

    Those pictures are breathtaking!

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    • Thanks, C.B. Although the pictures are great they can’t quite capture the atmosphere of the place. It’s a close second, however. I wish we’d had more time to explore the area.

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  16. very fun pictures, Laura.
    Imagination is everything for me.
    I was just thinking about that this morning – spring is here :)

    Yes, I believe imagination is the root of all.

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    • We’d be lost without imagination, wouldn’t we, Jennifer? I know many people think that only a small part of the population uses imagination on a regular basis, but every thought we have comes from that wide world of imagination.

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  17. sure, imagination is more important and also easier to access. for knowledge, you have to look for it and learn it and get into your head. for imagination, all you need is an open mind.

    great quote!

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    • Much easier to access, Lissa. You make an excellent point..Imagination is only a thought away, an open mind the only thing required. :)

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  18. Love the pictures, Laura!

    And I agree that imagination is more important than knowledge, because imagination is what makes knowledge useful. However, knowledge can allow imaginations to grow and create things that we couldn’t conceive of without an understanding of basic facts.

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    • Hi Carol, nice of you to visit. :)

      Knowledge is definitely needed, that’s for sure.I feel that imagination is what has lead us to dream of creating everything in our world. Both are certainly important..

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