Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nature Nerd Wedesdays

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!

After the doom-and-gloom climate change rant in yesterday's Earth Day post, I am happy to switch gears for something a little lighter and fluffier for Nature Nerd Wednesday today!  Let's get back to some good ol' nature appreciation, shall we?

We typically admire the natural world around us on a large scale. Trees, mountains, lakes, rivers, the sky, the ocean... these are the features that largely command our attention and awe when we adventure outdoors.  However, there is much to appreciate in the smallest details of nature as well - the parts of nature that we commonly pass by or trod underfoot without so much as a glance. When we neglect to examine nature on a small scale, we're missing out on some of the truly beautiful parts of the natural world around us. 

Nature will bear the closest inspection.  She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.  
~Henry David Thoreau
The following photos were inspired by Thoreau's quote above, and captured on various hikes around Washington state over the past year. (All photos by Lainey Piland)

Photos like these are oddly soothing, aren't they? Perhaps even more so than a sweeping panorama of peaceful valley, rolling hills, and cloudless sky, as the "details" photos above distill nature to just colors and textures.

The veins in a leaf, the reflection in a puddle, the petals of a flower... next time you venture outdoors, take a moment to examine the small details and appreciate the often-unnoticed intricacies in the environment around you. Now, how does that saying go, about appreciating the small things in life...?  This is an easy way to put that into practice!

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