Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays! By the middle of the workweek, I know that I'm ready for a pick-me-up, for some inspiration -- and for that reason I decided to post a nature photo or quote each Wednesday. Perusing works of nature writing and photography helps me reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature, which is something we all can benefit from in the middle of a busy, stressful work week!
Given that the weather in the Seattle area is expected to reach ninety degrees today (it is September, right??) I thought that a nice, refreshing photo was in order for this Nature Nerd Wednesday!
No, those aren't just rocks - take a second look! This is the glacier-fed South Fork of the Stillaguamish river that runs through the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. This icy-cold water is perfectly clear and completely refreshing to dip your feet in after a hot-weather hike to the Big Four Ice Caves. Unlace the hiking boots, peel off those sweaty socks, and enjoy the initial shock of the cold water rushing over your feet and swirling around your ankles, as it gradually melts into a soothing, pleasant current.
Let us hope that we can protect our precious environment and address climate change so that these breathtaking glacier-fed rivers do not run dry, but will remain for future generations of nature lovers to admire and appreciate.
Have a great Wednesday, and stay cool out there!