Wednesday, December 31, 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...
Saint Edward State Park. Lainey Piland photo

"Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander..." 
~Hillsong United, "Oceans"
Where did your feet wander in 2014? Did you explore new places, hike longer and further, find beauty in the great outdoors, or see the world around you in a whole new way? Nature tests us, surprises us, inspires us, invites us in.  There are always new things to discover, adventures to be had, beauty to be realized. 

Here are a few of the paths my feet wandered this year:

Saint Edward State Park. Lainey Piland photo

Evans Creek Preserve. Lainey Piland photo

Moss Lake Natural Area. Lainey Piland photo

Old growth Doug fir- Wilbert Trail - South Whidbey State Park. Lainey Piland photo
First Day Hike at Deception Pass. Lainey Piland photo

Sno Valley Regional Trail - Summer. Lainey Piland photo

Sno Valley Regional Trail - Winter. Lainey Piland photo
Paradise Valley Conservation Area. Lainey Piland photo

Not only is interacting with nature fulfilling for each person individually, but the whole planet benefits the more people understand and appreciate the world around us.  When we learn to value natural spaces, when we identify and empathize with wildlife, when we see the possibility in the world that previously went by unnoticed, when we realize our very survival is dependent upon a healthy, functioning planetary ecosystem... we learn to care.  And we want to protect. We steward instead of dominate.  We coexist instead of control.  

This is an ethic that needs to be fostered in all of us, and it starts with stepping outdoors.  In 2015, grab some friends and join me in making an effort to wander deeper than your feet have gone before!

Stay tuned to A Day Without Rain in the new year for plenty of outdoor adventures, nature inspiration, and "going green" tips.

Happy New Year!

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