Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

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!

These days, it seems as though Nature Nerd Wednesdays would more accurately be named "Webcam Wednesdays," because this week, I'm sharing the view from yet another of our beautiful National Park Service webcams. In honor of International Mountain Day today, here is the view from the Hurricane Ridge webcam this morning, looking over the Olympic mountain range:

What a beautiful view this is, with the last faint blush of sunrise fading over the mountains. Serene and breathtaking - what a glorious place to welcome the new day!

Hopefully all of my readers have been enjoying these National Park Service webcams as much as I have! I've found myself feeling extremely restless and nature-deprived lately, with the combination of end-of-the year busy-ness at work and the blast of freezing arctic weather here in the Seattle area that has limited my "outdoors" time lately.  It has almost been a little too much fun clicking through the NPS webcams and vicariously visiting national parks across the country when I'm feeling especially weary of the confines of the indoors. Want to see the sunrise today in Yosemite? Done. Want to see the snowfall in Yellowstone? Done.  Is Mount Rainier out today? Let's find out.

Having live images of some of our nation's most breathtaking natural scenery just a click away is such a blessing to us aficionados of the outdoors who have to spend much more time inside than we would prefer. You can find the full list of National Park Service webcams here.

The theme of this year's International Mountain Day is "Mountains: Key to a Sustainable Future".  Mountains are crucial to sustainability here in Washington: not only does their wintertime snowpack provide us with a plentiful water supply throughout the summer, but they also control the weather patterns that create the distinctly different ecology of the east and west sides of our state, allowing for a wide variety of agriculture across the state.  For more information on International Mountain Day, visit the United Nations events page here.

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