Taking in a Nature Walk, so you can Clear Your Head.

Throughout our busy day, it’s easy to get wound up and stressed out over any number of things.  Deadlines, demands, breakdowns in technology and personal communication, etc.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just get away from it all?

Walking path - Photo by timorous
Walking path - Photo by timorous

A few years ago, I was fortunate to have lived in a house across from a large forest and ravine in the middle of the city (Toronto in this case). I frequently loved to take a nature walk in this natural sanctuary. These pictures are both a reminder of what I saw, but more importantly, what I felt. There’s something very relaxing and peaceful about a natural setting that always brings me back to what it is to be a part of this natural world. Where the stresses and frustrations of the modern world can be set aside for as long as you like, or whatever time you have to spare.

If you're not fortunate enough to have your very own forest, just jump into these pictures for a while, and relax..clear your head.

I don’t have any special photographic equipment, just a simple, but good Fuji 2.0 mega pixel digital camera. Not enough to capture fast moving birds and animals, though good enough to capture the essential beauty of nature. Besides, it’s not the tools, it’s how you use them.



A year in the life of nature’s realm

Depending on where you live, you may or may not experience much change in the climate over the course of the year. In the northern U.S. and Canada, however, there's quite a variation in vegetation and weather throughout the various seasons. This makes for some interesting photographic opportunities. A nature walk through a local forest can be very rewarding almost any time of the year, and in many different ways, as you'll soon see.

Spring

Spring trees - Photo by timorous
Spring trees - Photo by timorous

In the spring, it’s a birdwatcher’s paradise. It’s not unusual to count as many as 50 different species in a single morning. Robins, Baltimore orioles, blue jays, cardinals, black-capped chickadees, scarlet tanagers, just to name a few. Some are just stopping over, on their way further north after their winter retreat in the warmer southern climes. Others are quite content to stay the rest of the summer.

Summer

Ravine in summer - Photo by timorous
Ravine in summer - Photo by timorous

Come summer, the variety of greenery is almost overwhelming. It almost takes your breath away. The tall canopy of arching foliage overhead is very comforting, and a very relaxing place to be. Take a deep breath… Sit beneath a 40-foot high maple tree… Close your eyes… Try to think of nothing… Ahhhh... That’ll clear your head.

A clearing in the forest - Photo by timorous
A clearing in the forest - Photo by timorous

Fall

Glorious fall foliage - Photo by timorous
Glorious fall foliage - Photo by timorous

The fall season is easily the most spectacular.  The cool nights start to draw the chlorophyll out of the leaves, allowing them to show their true colours.  Every shade of brown, red, orange and yellow.  All in a spectacular over-saturated brilliance against a powder blue sky.

Winter

Fallen tree in winter - Photo by timorous
Fallen tree in winter - Photo by timorous

Winter can be just as beautiful, just a bit less colourful. You have to look for textures in the way the snow naturally drapes itself over the branches. You also have to be adequately dressed for a nature walk in the bitter cold. I’ve taken some pictures when it was –25 F.


Although the forest becomes outwardly familiar and similar from year to year, if you look closely you’ll always find some interesting details.

Sweet Pea & Dandelion - Photos by timorous
Sweet Pea & Dandelion - Photos by timorous

I hope you enjoyed your little escape. Anytime you need to relax, and clear your head, come on back and jump right in.

Better still, get outside and enjoy your own nature walk, and the sunshine and beauty of nature wherever you can find it. And stop staring at this bloody computer!


Note: If you wish to use any of these pictures, please be kind enough to credit me and this hub page source. If your intent is of a commercial nature, send me an e-mail first. Thank you.


This article ©2010 by timorous+


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Thank you Timorous for a beautiful hub, your photos of the trees,walks and flowers are lovely. it would be very nice to take a walk in such a beautiful place and I was amazed when I read that it is located in a city. I will bookmark this for days when I cannot be in my garden; I have also rated it up - it is a great hub,nicely set out and well written. Thank you.


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Thanks 2uesday. I'm so glad you enjoyed the relaxing walk in the forest. Toronto has many such parks and green spaces scattered throughout the city.


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Beautiful tim. Toronto is a great city. Hope to visit some day, but in the meantime, thanks for the reminder to take more "nature walks".


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Hellooo Green Lotus my dear. Yes, we should all get out there and take in the beauty and therapeutic stress-busting qualities of the natural world. Thanks for enjoying the stroll.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Sounds wonderful timorous! There isn't that much nature around here as shown in your pictures and described in your walks but just walking in my neighborhood and breathing in the fresh clean air, seein the man made ponds and trying to sidestep goose droppings...well it is relaxing and as you put it so well, clears the head!

Good job!


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Ann; Thanks for the view 'n read. I'm sorry you don't have such a green space near you. Well as they say, you ought to be in pictures..these pictures. Just use your imagination.


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv

After readng this hub I feel ilike I just took a walk! Very refreshing and great pics!


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Thanks for enjoying the walk and the pics, Ms Chevious. And thanks for fanning me, I feel cooler already...


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Timorous a delightful hub - going walkabout in nature is a great way to get balance and peace with oneself and find a solution to solve life's problems.


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

this just completely lifted my spirits and now am so excited for even a few degrees warmer weather to start doing these walks again.

The summer before last I did min 3 x a week, Lovely trails near me and I love to take pictures oh ya speaking of which I would love the one your talking abou

email is this hubber name @gmail.

Thanks for the inspiration, I needed to be reminded today of the true gifts we really have all around us

oh I'm blabbing but I've drawn up LEGAL papers should I be attacked by a bear, you suggested me to enter the woods and included a link to this hub [good backlinks maybe] just so you know

o pee.

kimberly


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Heheh...Kimberly. It's ok, you won't be mauled by any bears in Warden Woods Park (St. Clair/Warden), from whence these pictures were taken. Unless they're having a picnic.

I'm thrilled that your spirits were lifted so. The picture you mentioned is now available..check your Gstring..or I mean Gmail.

prrrrrrrrr.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Wow! - imagine being able to walk here and smell this fresh air and enjoy all the ions.

You know I have been a follower from the beginning! I'll check out your other writings as well.

Wouldn't it be nice if people and children were healthy once again. What a thought!


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Wouldn't it be nice, indeed. Thanks BK. I think it's possible..but people have to get off the roller-coaster first, and realize there are alternatives to the drugs that perpetuate their chronic illnesses. Or, if they can still walk, they could find a nice forest and enjoy nature in all its' splendour.


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

OMG I need a walk and a splif - I answered your question [sorry so late] on hat hub - unbelievable-im freaking out-need advise

thanks

kimberly

need walk

need walk

need walk


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

ppppppppprrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

Tim back again need another walk but it's 4;50 am not safe and too cold, ok , I'll pace the condo

to be continued.....


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

oh btw

now rated up three times

:o)


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Beautiful pix and very good words also! You have put together a beautiful and meaningful Hub. Thanks.

Love and peace

Tony


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Kimberly, you're such a dear one. Sounds like you need to relax, get some sleep (if possible)..go for a walk!! Talk to ya soon.

Thanks Tony, I'm so glad you enjoyed your walk. Come back and enjoy it anytime you want.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Just reread your hub after a long walk around the park here - how good was that fresh air! Though hardly the extent of your nature park and those wondrous shots :)


SilverGenes 6 years ago

Lovely photos - thank you!


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Well there ya go Billy. I'm glad it works for you. Thanks again.

Hello SilverGenes, nice to see you. I'm delighted you enjoyed the walk and the photos.


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

OK 4am Mon starting to work, calmer now, will take my walk at 1pm

Just very important information you should know,

lol

Kimbo


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Yeah..you should go walkies, Kim. It's supposed to be nice and warm in T.O. today. Could be good for your agora too, I'll bet.

YerTim


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO going for a fast walk brb


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Hey Timorous, great looking hub. It's always great to see pictures of the seasons. I walk all the time and I enjoy the beauty nature provides me, even living in the city. I do enjoy taking nature walks in the outdoors through woods, like hiking, camping and fishing(not that good at it only done it once). It's a breath of fresh air to spend time enjoying nature's beauty. Thank you for sharing. :)


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Hey Cagsil, thanks for stopping by and taking the walk and the fresh air. It's good for the soul.


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nadp 6 years ago from WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

This is a great hub. I really did feel myself relaxing and a stirring in my soul as I looked at your photos and read your commentary. I feel the same way about being outdoors. I always try to appreciate whatever my senses can find - maybe the light of the sun, the color of the sky, the feel of the breeze, the smell of the air - even if my journey is as short as walking to my car after work.


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

i you

great hub

still

xo


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Thanks nadp;

It's always nice when someone appreciates your efforts and 'gets it'. Glad you enjoyed it.


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Kimberly...nice to see you back again. I'm guessing there's a word missing from your comment. Don't worry, I already inferred what you meant. You and I are psychic..you know that already.

Anyway i xo you, too..still.


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Varenya 6 years ago

Lovable hub, with so many beautiful images!


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Thanks very much Varenya, it means a lot to me. So happy you enjoyed the walk and pictures.


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder

I love a good walk! Where can one safely stash children while they walk in peace? Taking them along ruins the affect. :)


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Give them a sedative..feed them a large meal so they're more lethargic...LOL.

But seriously Ivorwen...don't you think children should gain an appreciation of the natural world? Of course you do. But sometimes you just want the peace and quiet, wandering alone to be one with nature. I hope this little photo walk helped some.

BTW thanks for following me. I shall do likewise.


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida

Lovely, just what I needed! Thanks


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

timorous loved this hub. Nice to meet a fellow nature lover. Hubs like this will always be a pleasure to read for me . Beautiful photographs. well done.


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

You're quite welcome brightforyou. Glad to have made your day.

Awww...thanks D.A.L. I'm delighted you enjoyed the walk and the pictures. I'm always impressed with the photos on your hubs as well.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Timorous I had to come back to this hub after writing about the latest worse case scenario for the oil spill. A reminder of nature and it;s beauty and peace is in order.


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

You're quite right Billy, and quite welcome too. We all need to take some time out to observe and appreciate the natural world around us. We are the planet's stewards after all, we need to take more responsibility for its' future.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

What a perfect reminder to us all. Thank you. I was rejoicing this morning at how beautiful of a day it's going to be while I was standing in my lavender patch. The scents and beauty of nature are a rejuvenation tonic we should indulge in daily.

great hub and pics

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Hey Zsuzsy..how are you on this lovely July Day One? Thanks for taking the walk. Ahh..I can smell your lavender patch even now...even though it reminds me of my grandmother's perfume. LOL.

Thanks for following me too. I think I'll join you.


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dawnM 6 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

really amazing shots, great hub, I love the color of the trees when they change, and the picture from the top of the trees, beautiful!!


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Hey..dawnM. I really appreciate how you feel about the photos, the walk and everything. Thanks so much.


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sadiemarie69 6 years ago from middle of no ware USA

Very beautiful pictures :)


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

So glad you enjoyed them, sadiemarie69.


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epigramman 6 years ago

wouldn't it be nice if you could just get away from it all: well yes I do - when I come here to your glorious hubspace!

please do me a big favor and will not be disapointed:

my buddy - Doug Dunigan is a world class photographer and has just started here at hubpages - could you please go and check him out!


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Hi epigramman. Thanks for enjoying my natural, glorious hubspace.

I'll be sure and check out your photog. buddy's hubs asap.


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epigramman 6 years ago

thanks for that - and please leave a comment for my buddy if you can .... and thanks for all this fresh air from your life affirming hubs!


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Hello epigramman. Yeah, Doug's pictures are wonderful.

You might encourage him to start replying to the comments he's received, or writing something about the photos. It would help make the hubs more well-rounded overall, and likely increase the traffic too.

Thanks for pointing out Doug's efforts.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

And it works! I had the pleasure of living in S. Korea over a 4 year period - and the country is 70% mountains of every kind with loads of nature trails - a very popular past time of the Korean people - walking and climbing those mountains.

I had the pleasure of walking through many mountain trails and wow! It is so rejuvenating.

Meanwhile I live in NYC and will rely on your great photos. Even that helps a lot.

Thanks a million!


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Hey BK..cool. I'd love to go there just to breathe the clean, fresh air, and the different smells of nature that you just don't get here.

Aren't there some nature trails in the NYC area (besides Central Park)? There probably are, just not publicized. Dunno..never been to the Big Apple..sorry.

Thanks for stopping by again, and taking in the scenery.


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder

I love these pictures! Those little pink flowers are beautiful. And though I prefer a quiet dirt roads (alone!) to hiking mountain trails (with family and pets), I am enjoying the time out in nature.


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

These are beautiful pictures! I am fortunate enough that a huge park with tons of trails begins at the end of my street so I walk the dogs back there twice a day. I don't know what I would do without my nature walks. It is so refreshing! Fabulous hub!


TheCalicoRose 6 years ago

I live in a fairly wooded area, and I totally agree that taking a walk out in nature can totally help you clear your head.


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Hi Ivorwen. Glad to see you back once again. I'm not sure what the pink flowers are, looks sort of like ladyslipper or sweet pea. Thanks for enjoying the pictures as well.

Hello theherbivorehippi. You're right..without nature around us, our life and living is incomplete, somehow. Thanks for taking the walk and enjoying the pictures.

Hi TheCalicoRose. I'm so glad you enjoyed the walk. P.S. thanks for becoming a follower.


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bizchickblogs 6 years ago from Tucson

Great hub! The photos are lovely and the commentary to go along with them was great, too. Well put together!


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Thanks so much bizchickblogs, for walking by and immersing yourself in the photos.


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sofs 6 years ago

Lovely, I just love to see your pictures, I love long walks, this just reminded me to get out NOW!! bye ! Great Hub!


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Aww..thanks sofs. Have a nice walk. Don't forget to stop and smell the roses...


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6hotfingers3 6 years ago

Simplicity has many attributes. The simple beauty of nature was captured by your camera. You have a natural gift for seeing beyond the flatness many people view nature with. Continue to share with us your work. Its very refreshing. Thank You!


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Hey..thanks so much 6hotfingers3. Nice of you to note and appreciate nature in all its' simple, yet majestic beauty, as well.


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quicksand 6 years ago

The pictures are great too, can gaze at them for hours! :)


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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You Author

Hi quicksand. It's even better to imagine yourself walking into the pictures. Besides, staring is bad for your eyes, you know...

Thanks for comps.


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quicksand 6 years ago

No probs Timorous, I wear dark glasses and my eyes are well protected! :)


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi timrous, it's been a lovely walk, great photos and good company, thank you!


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sofs 5 years ago

Hey Tim, I took a walk in the park and well thanks for the refreshing break.. :) Nature is the best teacher - isn't she???? It was like she was telling me .. relax... slow down ..have fun.. thank you for the Hub I know I come here often ... but today I needed it :)


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Greetings Movie Master. I'm pleased that you could join me in one of life's little pleasures. Thanks.


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Well hello sofs; Thanks for coming back. Although this is only your second comment, I know you've secretly been traipsing through these well-worn paths.

Yes, nature has a way of relieving stresses and strains from our everyday lives. We just have to take the time, and enjoy what nature has to give. Thanks again.


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Rismayanti 5 years ago from Tropical Island

Agree.. that is my fovourite activities. to get relax from all


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shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

it is such peace to virtually walk through these lovely paths.... i can hear the birds and the bees and let my imagination run wild... just had to clear my head this morning :) Thanks for sharing :)


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You Author

Greetings sD. Thanks for taking the walk. You've definitely got the right idea..exactly what I had in mind. Come again soon, won't you?


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Pannonica 4 years ago

As they say a picture is worth a thousand words, these photographs really make you feel as you were there. Thank you, great hub


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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You Author

Hey thanks, Pannonica. You're so right, it does almost feel as though you could walk right into these pictures. Thanks for taking a nature walk. Come back any time.


ushamv 4 years ago from India

Great Photographs especially the one with fall foliage.


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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You Author

Thanks very much ushamv. I'm sure you'd also enjoy my other hub on Autumn leaves..see my profile page.


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kerlund74 2 years ago from Sweden

My best place to relax and "reload" is outside, surrounded by nature or by the sea, watching the water movements. You describe this very well in your hub. It sure is like one can feel like being a piece of nature, wonderful feeling. Love your photos, all great. We have four seasons here in Sweden as well, all beautiful but my favorite is springtime.


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timorous 2 years ago from Me to You Author

Absolutely, kerlund74. We all need to get outside for a while every single day. It's where we belong. Thanks for taking the walk and enjoying the photos. You should have a look at my other nature hubs as well...

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