Wednesday, October 8, 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...

Fall foliage - Lainey Piland photo
"A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart." ~Hal Borland
As autumn marches along, more of the scenery around us is set ablaze with color each passing day.  So much of it, in fact, that the colors can be seen from space.  Below are two photos from the NASA Earth Observatory showing the blooming fall colors across the Great Lakes region and the northeastern United States.

Oftentimes we seem unable to fully appreciate the magnitude of a phenomenon until someone tells us "you can see it from SPACE!" Somehow the knowledge that something can be seen from space puts it on another level altogether, with an implicit reverence and awe for that thing which suddenly seems beyond comprehension. We can now add "autumn" to that venerable list of "things visible from space" which includes the likes of the Grand Canyon and other wonders of the world.

Image source: NASA Earth Observatory
Image source: NASA Earth Observatory
Amazing to see, isn't it? Autumn spreads the warmth of its colors across the country one leaf at a time. Whether those leaves are viewed as an abstract orange glow from the broad perspective of Earth's orbit, or viewed in crisp definition from the close-in view outside the window, in your yard, or along the sidewalk, their blaze is always a heartwarming sight.

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