Wednesday, August 6, 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...

A few days ago, I happily stumbled across the amazing National Park Service video below, featuring Washington's own Olympic National Park.  In its brief five minutes, this video perfectly sums up everything that is awesome and beautiful about Pacific Northwest nature: mossy forests and misty ocean beaches, mountain views, tall trees, and of course green, green, green everywhere!

The best feature of this video is that it is set to the soundtrack of nature itself, instead of sweeping instrumental music as are so many other videos of this genre.  Crank up the volume and take a listen; you may be surprised at how noisy nature can be!  

A brief caveat: I almost didn't post this video on my blog due to an unfortunate close-up of a slug at the 2:05 mark. Just close your eyes until the icky slimy noises stop if you're slug-phobic like me... or am I the only one with a so-called 'irrational fear' of these ubiquitous gastropods??

In a blog post a few weeks back, I wrote on the topic of wilderness; specifically examining whether our nation's protected wilderness areas can still be considered as such when even the remotest corners of the globe have been touched by man-made climate change. I concluded that although they may no longer fit the Wilderness Act's fifty-year-old description of being areas "untrammeled by man," our wilderness areas are still critically important for their intrinsic value and the scenery, inspiration, wildlife habitat, and ecosystem services they provide.  This video clearly shows why that is the case.

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