I'm finding that my nature walks photos aren't the most amazing photos in the world (just like the rest of the photos on this blog I suppose) but I love them because they're snapped spontaneously, without a plan or intent to get a "great" shot. Each one was taken while I was walking and I just stopped and thought "That'd be a nice picture," after which I'd quickly snap a photo and move on. Despite this, they're some of my favorites because they remind me of a time when I used to be outside a lot more.
A few days ago I was running errands and had about half an hour to kill before picking up Keola. The kids were asleep in the car so I drove to our church which has a large field in the back, parked the car, kicked my shoes off and laid down on the grass next to the car. It was almost magical, and I noticed a significant difference in the way I felt. It was the most relaxed I had been in a while, and I realized that I had really been missing out on the outside. I NEED it. It's life-giving, energizing and nurturing, especially for someone like me who often feels depleted and utterly exhausted. It's seriously, the best stress reliever, and I highly recommend, if you're going through a stressful time, to ask yourself when's the last time you really spent time outside doing nothing but enjoying what's around you? And if you can't think of the last time you did that, close your computer at get outside. NOW.