Wednesday, August 3, 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...

Bigleaf maples at Saint Edward State Park

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver. 
~Martin Luther

But a tree doesn't necessarily have to be green to be glorious, as you can see in this photo gallery of the world's most beautiful trees, shared by 1 Million Women.

While I love the Doug firs and bigleaf maples I've grown up with and which create a feeling of home here in western Washington, it's also interesting to look through the photo gallery to marvel at the variety of trees found around the world. While some of the trees might look exotic and downright alien, its fascinating to remember when someone looks at those trees, it says home to them.

Take a nature break this Wednesday and dwell in these tree photos. I'm imagining the atmosphere they create, the sounds and smells and the quality of light filtering through their leaves.

Trees are not only beautiful and familiar, they also perform a crucial role in keeping the air clean and giving oxygen to the air we breathe. Take a look at this mesmerizing film from NASA that truly shows trees are the lungs of the planet, as Earth appears to breathe with the waxing and waning of terrestrial and marine plant life with the changing seasons.

Feeling calmer now? Did you start breathing in time with the earth? It's hard not to while watching that film!

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