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.
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.
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.
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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