Noticing Nearby Nature
Ways to experience nature in daily life. So simple, so beneficial. De-stress. Arrive in the moment. Spark joy and wonder!
"Nature journaling has helped me see my little piece of the world differently. Instead of a backyard, I see intricate designs and exquisite patterns—even the weeds are intriguing! Having these experiences with nature always puts life back into perspective."
The Sacred and Nearby in Nature and Cities. - Nature Sacred. "This brief explores the idea of civic sacred, the everyday encounters with nature in cities that have the potential to promote inspiration, deeper thinking, mindfulness, and social and cultural connections. The paper is intended to help local planners and managers, civic leaders, and engaged citizens build support for parks, gardens, and open spaces in their communities."
How about a wall of flowers? | GardenRant. "By hugely magnifying and beautifully depicting tiny plants often found growing in sidewalk cracks, Caron pays tribute to their resilience and prompts passers-by to maybe pay a little more attention to urban vegetation they’d otherwise ignore."
How about a wall of flowers? | GardenRant. "I think that huge paintings of flowers where they’re not expected—on urban walls, often where the nearest park might be a couple miles away—serve many purposes. They do remind us what we’re missing when we’re immersed in the built environment, as we so often are."
"How much do you really hear every day? Tune into nature and listen to what it has to say. Find a quiet place to sit and listen. Even on a still day you will be able to hear the song of nature. Each day it’s new and different. What can you hear? Chirping grasshoppers? Breezes in the tree-tops?"
The Healing Power of Nature: How Walking in the Rain Saved My Life - Tiny Buddha. "A nearby park with rambling blackberry lined paths beckoned to me—even in the rain soaked northern California winter. Unable to even keep two thoughts in my head at the time, the only thing I could do was to walk."
2014 Summer Nature Photo Hunt. "Taking pictures allows us to slow down, be patient and focus in on things we might otherwise miss. It isn’t just fun, it’s also a great way to learn more about what we discover. We often use our photos to help us identify things we see, such as birds, butterflies and flowers"
Vanessa Santilli-Raimondo: Forest bathing cleanses mind and body. "While Pope Francis doesn’t mention forest bathing in Laudato Si’, he writes that St. Francis of Assisi asked that part of the friary garden always be left untouched, “so that wild flowers and herbs could grow there, and those who saw them could raise their minds to God, the Creator of such beauty.”