Let’s get out into the great outdoors for #SundayStills

The Great Outdoors

I have written before about how lucky I am to have a huge forest behind our property, where I can walk in peace and quiet, along with the kangaroos. Here’s a short video I took of a kangaroo regarding me approach then bouncing off.

Sometimes I listen to podcasts, or music but often I just walk and clear my mind.

Forest Bathing?

Maybe I’ve been practising forest bathing without even realising it!

Forest bathing and forest therapy (or shinrin-yoku) broadly means taking in, in all of one’s senses, the forest atmosphere. Not simply a walk in the woods, it is the conscious and contemplative practice of being immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of the forest. Source

I often take photos when I’m out walking, as I notice things and want to capture them. To me it’s a well known track and the scenery can be quite dull, but to others it might seem completely different and inviting. You know how we all get used to our normal environment but others see it differently? I’m always happy to share my walking track.

In winter it can seem a bit dull but I still enjoy the exercise, the sights, the smells and the sounds – kangaroos make quite a bit of noise as they bound away!

We’ve had a lot of rain in recent days and these water drops were hanging off the trees like sparkling diamonds and there are often toadstools and lichen growing, adding a pop of colour. The foggy wintry days give it an atmospheric feel and i always feel better after my walk.

Then as I return home from my walk, I get these delightful views.

sunset over the hills
sunset over the hills
Home in Autumn
Walking home

Then there are the fabulous rainbows after the rain.

The great outdoors has so much to offer!

Today for instance it was 4 degrees celsius, wet, cold and foggy but we still went out riding on our local rail trail with some hardy friends. It was invigorating and we soon warmed up as we rode along. Never let a chance go by is my motto!

The theme for #SundayStills is the great outdoors this week. Terri, and other bloggers who join in for #SundayStills, will all have some awesome photos of the great outdoors, so make sure you visit Terri to see her post and her wonderful photos.

Next week there’s a break from for Sunday Stills but it returns on July 11 with the theme of Under the Trees.

Thanks for stopping by.

Debbie 🙂

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26 Replies to “Let’s get out into the great outdoors for #SundayStills”

  1. You definitely live in a beautiful spot Deb. I’m so grateful to live where we do too – out of the city, surrounded by nature, a walk or bike ride whenever we like along a lovely river – an estuary nearby – we Aussies are really blessed (even when the mornings are super cold!)

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  2. You linked early today, Debbie! You must be outdoors now riding your bike again 🙂 You are blessed indeed to have a forest behind your property! Who cares if it is the same scenery? I have been amazed at the forest within a few steps of my front door, too, and have so much exploring to do. Too hot today to enjoy outdoors, but even this winter, I can snowshoe in the same spots. I think I grew up forest-bathing when my parents took us outdoor every weekend, especially to Yosemite and Sequoia Nat’l Park every summer. I always love your positive attitude that exudes from your posts, you definitely embrace life to the fullest!

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  3. Breathtaking photos! And the short video of the kangaroo in the forest made me laugh. It seems so delightful and very different from the deer I was used to seeing in the forests up in Washington State.

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    1. I really am lucky Janis and I try to make the most of it as often as I can. There are so many kangaroos around at the moment and they aren’t too scared of us either.


  4. I totally agree with you Deb about how we get used to our environment and scenery and begin to maybe take it for granted or not see what others would see. That video of the kangaroo is so cool. I have friends who live in Alaska and she often shares video and photo of moose which is so crazy to me, but normal to them.

    I loved your photos.

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    1. Yes Kirstin, we see things everyday the same old same old but others would find it amazing! I’m glad you enjoyed my kangaroo video, it was just standing there watching me for ages so I thought I’d try and capture him.


  5. Just lovely! Yes I’ve heard of forest bathing & glad you get to do that. Your little Vid will be a hit with your readers! I am listening to a book via Audible called The Hidden Life of Trees & I reckon you would find it interesting & probably, like me, never look at trees in the same way again!

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    1. Thanks Denyse, forest bathing is good term! I hope the kangaroo video is popular, it was fun to be able to capture him.Yes I saw that book as freebie and am keen to listen to it! Squares are all about trees next month so that will be fun!


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