In search of nature

Get your nature fix.   Seek nature in your every day.

Seeing nature has profound affects on people.   It can reduce stress, lift spirits, make people feel closer to God; it’s knowingly a powerful influence on your mind and body.

Living in rural West Virginia, it’s easy to see nature clearly every day.  It’s all around me – beautiful wilderness.   Where I live, I honestly believe to be most beautiful and calming place I know.   I don’t take it for granted.

Noticing nature in urban and suburban areas can be a bit more challenging.  For one thing, there is less of it readily available.   It can be less obvious.   Another reason is people are too harried to see it – to really see it when it shows it self.   Why should people who live in concrete jungles be deprived of the healing affects nature provides?  If you’re like me – you crave it, you need it.

You should train your self (and your children) to find glimpses of nature’s beauty when and where it may present itself, and take a moment (however brief) to appreciate it.

I used to live and work in urban and suburban areas in Indianapolis’s south side.   It is not an area of much nature at all!   The parks are sparse, and what green space left is continually being totally stripped for development.

“If you truly love nature, you will find it everywhere.” ~Vincent Van Gogh

When I became more mindful of nature in it’s less obvious forms, it truly opened my eyes.   Look at this beautiful nature that may be easily overlooked in an ordinary day.   You don’t have to be immersed in it.   It can be a brief moment.   Trust me, the effect can still be awesome.  Let nature in; I challenge you to see it…

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Frost on my windshield
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Such beauty is this puddle I saw while leaving a Dr.’s office.
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Sunset reflecting off my old work place
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Night rain made visible from a street lamp
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Lovely greenery on an urban building

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.” ~Camille Pissarro

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Birds on a wire along the road
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Simple ornamental grass in beautiful light outside of a hotel in Indy

“There are always flowers for those that want to see them.” ~Henri Matisse

Tips for letting nature into your every, busy day:

1. Notice the sky more.   It’s simple – just look up.  Notice sun beams, clouds, sunsets, the moon.

2.  Notice those little things.   Look up!  Look down!

3.  Capture it!  We all have cell phone cameras now – capture your unexpected nature moments on camera to admire the beauty afterwards.

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Grass glows in the right light
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Simply beautiful produce

“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

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The sky on my way to work
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Subtle color while I sat at my daughter’s soccer practice
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Sitting in my car

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” ~Anne Frank

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Rain sparkling on the window

*** All photos shown here are my own ***


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