Edward Young once gave a perfect and simple definition- wonder is involuntary praise. Perhaps that is why children seem much more able to find themselves engaged in wonder or awe, because they have no mechanism to remain guarded or reserved, it is purely involuntary. Nature inspires this response of wonder - who hasn't been engaged by a small tuft of cushion moss or a magnificent mushroom?
We, in turn, respond to this sense of wonder. Capture it in a stunning photo or study and render its every detail.
The vintage mushroom print is from Housemartin. I love scientific illustrations like this and of course, would love to have a bookshelf with this, this and this.
The three pictures above are certainly a testament to wonder - how it can inspire an artist and the response that the artist's work, in turn, can evoke - those are origami paper mushrooms created by French artist Vincent Floderer. I was so thrilled to stumble upon his work quite a while back through Ulla. See more of his incredible works here as well as this tutorial.