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nature’s positive ways

3 Aug

20130803-143105.jpg20130803-143129.jpg20130803-143209.jpgIf you read this post a few days ago, or have been recently watching my instagram feed, you’d know I’ve been in the Windermere Valley at my parent’s cabin for several days now. My mother usually listens to the CBC radio, and yesterday they were interviewing psychologists about the positive effects of nature and how spending more time outdoors is very beneficial to both our bodies and minds. The funny part is, I never really needed someone with a fancy science degree to tell me that being outdoors makes you automatically happier… I know this because I live it. There are so many structured and mechanical things that are an automatic part of our everyday society, it makes sense that the animals within us would seek the solace of open air. The openness of the wilderness provides clarity and calm, birds and small creatures like squirrels remind of the beauty in simplicity, while breathing fresh air and releasing endorphins while you walk, literally boosts the brain’s chemistry. So what are you waiting for? Stop reading this, and get outside for a bit of refreshment, invigoration and happiness! (above are some of the places I’ve recently been recharging).

yew are so beautiful

6 Jun

… Oh & you are too! But seriously, yews are gorgeously impressive plants. 20130606-070928.jpg20130606-070954.jpg20130606-071015.jpg Taxus Canadensis (Canadian Yew) is a conifer native to North America, thriving in swampy woods, ravines, riverbanks and on lake shores. Yew is also referred to as American Yew or Ground-Hemlock. This plant is actually classified as a shrub, although with a strong upright central leader, they can grow up to 3 meters high, making it easy for them to masquerade as trees. Honestly though, all the botany aside, I mostly just love yews for their thick curling bark that reveals gorgeous shades of red hiding underneath and the sprouting of new branches. Hello, texture overload!

above another world

26 Aug

I often find myself getting lost in patterns of nature, but moss is easily one of the most fascinating of all (after fur of course)! When these thick and lush textures of deep greens start to spread across surfaces, it’s hard not to see a miniature world: dense clusters of trees and shrubs sprawling across a mountainside. Nature’s beauty is so simply complicated.