Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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! 
"Live in each season as it passes; breathe in the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each... Be blown on by all the winds.  Open all your pores and bathe in the tides of nature, in all her streams and oceans, at all seasons."
-Henry David Thoreau, from "Huckleberries"
This beautifully written sentiment from Thoreau is a wonderful reminder to enjoy the unique flavors and experiences of each season as they come - a sentiment that I do my best to live out personally.  Although I believe there is abundant beauty to be found even on a stormy day, I have to admit, it can be difficult to appreciate the seasons on days such as today when it is dark and dreary and raining sideways, causing my windows to become blurred with water and making nature outside difficult to see!

So when your view outside looks like this...

Hmm... I think those dark blobs are trees, but it's hard to be sure...

Just keep in mind, that somewhere in the mountains, this rain is falling as snow and creating scenes like this...

Snowy subalpine firs, Olympic National Park. Photo courtesy National Park Service

And who wouldn't love to experience the winter scenery here? To paraphrase Thoreau... Breathe in the crisp air, drink in the pale winter sunshine, let your eyes be dazzled by sparkling white, listen to the snow-muffled silence, and feel the influences of the winter scenery taking hold and refreshing a tired mind or energizing a weary body.

We all know that photos are wonderful, but really aren't a substitute for the real thing.  Make some plans to head up to the mountains and enjoy the winter scenery firsthand while it lasts! You'll be glad you did.

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