Wednesday, October 1, 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...
"Walking takes longer... than any other known form of locomotion except crawling. Thus it stretches time and prolongs life. Life is already too short to waste on speed."
~Edward Abbey, "Walking"
Autumn and walking... this combination might rival even the perfect pairings of peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, or rain boots and mud puddles. These two things complement each other so well. Autumn offers colorful leaves overhead and crunchy ones underfoot, clean air tinged with the sweet fragrance of decay, and temperatures cool enough that you can walk for quite a distance without breaking a sweat. And walking... well, it offers a pace slow enough to take in - see, hear, breathe, feel, taste - all the beauty of the season.

Autumn is the perfect season in which to "stretch time," given that its breathtaking colors last only for a few weeks before giving way to the bare, gray austerity of wintertime - why wouldn't we want it to last as long as possible?

Here are a few photos from a recent walk of mine, where the first blush of autumn gold, yellow, and orange is just beginning to show...

Lainey Piland photo

Lainey Piland photo
  Autumn walking: slow down, take your time, and take it all in.

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