The Wild Garden of Childhood

“Everything is ceremony in the wild garden of childhood.”
– Pablo Neruda

Mizoram, India
Dallas, Texas, USA

“The soul is healed by being with children.”
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Rajasthan, India
Northern Mongolia

Wales, United Kingdom

Lhasa, Tibet

“Children at play are not playing about.
Their games should be seen as their most
serious-minded activity.”
– Michel de Montaigne

Angor Wat, Cambodia

“In the eyes of a child there is joy, there is laughter.
There is hope, there is trust, a chance to shape the future.”
– Graham Russell

New York, NY, USA
Sulu Sea, Philippines

“We find delight in the beauty and happiness of
children that makes the heart too big for the body.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Children are the world’s most valuable resources and it’s best hope for the future.”
– John F. Kennedy


“What was wonderful about childhood is that anything in it was a wonder. It was not merely a world of miracles;
it was a miraculous world.”
– G.K. Chesterton 

Belo Sur Mer, Madagascar

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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my new exhibition at Polka Galerie

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By Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

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13 replies on “The Wild Garden of Childhood”

Thank you Steve ; just to see my grandchildren is such a joy after the initial joy of my own children . It’s life at the fullest !
Your pictures of the children bring out the best with the quotes

I love these photos! As a mother of a large brood I find it sad that so many today are not choosing to partake of one of life’s happiest experiences – raising children.
Every one of your posts that I have seen is thought provoking and fantastic!

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