Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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...

Snoqualmie River in autumn. Lainey Piland photo

If we had to choose a color to best describe our landscapes here in the Pacific Northwest, most of us would undoubtedly select green. With forests dominated by coniferous evergreens and a damp climate that keeps things mossy and verdant, this would be a very appropriate color choice. While we often see landscapes predominately in greens and browns, there are certain times of day and seasons during the year when the scenery is infused with myriad hues that create a breathtaking sight. Even in late autumn when once-lovely leaves are dead and decaying, all it takes is a flood of warm afternoon sunlight to transform the drab into the spectacular, as I experienced during a walk along the Snoqualmie River, captured above.

The Nature's Colors photo contest put on by Outdoor Photographer magazine celebrates these colorful and awe-inspiring nature scenes, and the winners of the eighth annual contest were recently announced. Take a look at the gallery of finalists here.

After looking at those photos, I feel as though my thirsty eyes have had a refreshing drink! The scenes of unsurpassed wonder and loveliness captured in the photographs is enough to keep one dreaming, to remind us to be alert to sights that might brighten our daily lives.

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