My goodness, it has been a while since I have shared one of our weekly walks! I’ve missed sharing nature with you.
On this day we headed out for an after dinner stroll through our neighborhood. We wanted to stretch our legs and enjoy the pleasant summer evening. All the lovely, interesting things we noticed in nature was an added perk.
Before I share what we noticed though, let’s talk about the benefits of this simple activity…
- It’s good for your soul – Going for a walk will get you away from distractions so you can spend quality time with your loved ones. Or maybe some quality time with yourself.
- It’s good for your mind – Taking an outdoor stroll reduces stress, promotes creativity and improves concentration & memory.
- It’s good for your body – Walking helps aid digestion, lower blood sugar levels and blood pressure. A walk outside helps fill your vitamin D needs, increases oxygen intake and can even improve eyesight.
- Being outside is just plain good for you, whatever your age!
Now on to all the nature goodness!
There were so many Queen Anne’s Lace in bloom. It can be found blooming at all different stages simultaneously so you really get see what it looks like in each phase. Each one is beautiful!
This is the time of year that net-winged beetles seem to be out in multitude. We’ve been noticing them everywhere lately.
We noticed some ferns unfurling and Alder cones just developing.
There is a small area abutting some woods that had been cleared fairly recently. Nature, of course, is already filling back in. We saw lots of Spreading Dogbane taking over – a plant we haven’t noticed in this area before.
We found this Robin’s nest that had been blown out of a tree. Its base was quite large and heavy with dry mud and there were some lichen bits woven into it.
Nearing home my son stopped to listen more closely to a rustling he heard in the leaf litter. Based on it movement, we’re thinking a little vole was under there.
What we thought was going to be a simple walk turned into a rich, nature-packed experience that invigorated all of our senses. It was such a treat!
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.-John Muir
What have you been noticing on your walks lately? If you’d like one of your walks featured here on the blog, let’s chat. I’d love for us all to share our nature finds!
P.S. If you would like to join a welcoming, supportive group where you will find inspiration for deeper personal connections with nature throughout the year, join me at my private FB group – Noticing Nature 2017. I’d love to see you there!