This is a what?!

I took this picture yesterday. Nearly every day I take pictures in the woods and wetlands behind my house in the Pacific Northwest. I’m no John James Audubon or Bindi the Jungle Girl, but I am slowing learning to identify flora and fauna that I see on a regular basis. Of great help to meContinue reading “This is a what?!”

DIY nature therapy

Due to the current unpleasantness, our local meetup community is not gathering. One of the activities we do is nature therapy. More and more evidence shows that time in nature is healthy for our minds. It can lift our mood, improve our focus, lower stress and anxiety, and promote clearer thinking. As we bask inContinue reading “DIY nature therapy”

“Drop the leaf, Louie”

“Put it on the ground!” The woman ahead of me on the hiking trail mildly admonished her small son, who was lagging behind her. I thought the child must have picked up a worm, or doggie doo, or a bad habit. As I got closer, though, I saw that the boy was holding a hugeContinue reading ““Drop the leaf, Louie””

Sleeping under the trees

I live at the edge of the woods. The head of my bed is up against a window that looks out on towering evergreens. When I wake in the morning, my head lies on my pillow, and my eyes gaze upward — not at the ceiling, but at those gorgeous trees. It’s almost as though I’mContinue reading “Sleeping under the trees”