Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...

This Saturday marks the summer solstice! In addition to being the longest day of the year, June 21st also marks the date on which the lush green, showery days of spring give way to the golden, dry days of summer.  Some of us are celebrating the end of the school year and beginning of a long, lazy summer, while others (like myself!) are wincing at the thought of spending the next few months in the confines of an office as those aforementioned lazy summer days pass us right by.  However, we do still have our weekends to play in the summer sun, and we certainly need to make the most of them...
"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under
    trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water,
    or watching the clouds float across the sky is by no means
    a waste of time."
- J. Lubbuck

Lainey Piland photo

This has to be one of my favorite views in the summertime... lying in a shady spot beneath towering trees, squinting into an impossibly blue sky and doing absolutely nothing but watching the clouds sail overhead and listening to the late afternoon breeze rustling through dry branches.  And truly, it is not a waste of time! I think that spending a few minutes... or hours... in repose in the great outdoors provides the best environment for thinking, solving problems, and inspiring new ideas. If nothing else, you will at least walk away feeling peaceful and refreshed. Give it a shot and make the most of the longest day of the year and the first day of summer!

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