Walking Through a Forest Preserve in Spring Delights the Senses

Wildflower Field in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve

In today's fast  paced world we yearn for simpler times and experiences that an afternoon spent in nature can provide.
In today's fast paced world we yearn for simpler times and experiences that an afternoon spent in nature can provide. | Source

"We need the tonic of wilderness." ~ Henry David Thoreau

Our lives, mood and sense of well-being can be greatly enhanced by spending time in nature. In her book, A Natural History of the Senses, author Diane Ackerman writes: "People think of the mind as being located in the head, but the latest findings in physiology suggest that the mind doesn't really dwell in the brain but travels the whole body on caravans of enzyme, busily making sense of the compound wonders we catalogue as touch, taste, smell, hearing, vision."

This is perhaps why it feels so good to walk through wooded areas and fields of wildflowers or to sit on a bench overlooking a serene lake. Doing so literally changes the chemicals in our whole body and is one way of improving our biochemistry without the ingestion of toxic drugs. Even short, quiet encounters with natural elements can calm us and help us feel connected to the world and all the creatures in it.

Picnic Area in Sea Pines Forest Preserve

View of Alligator Tour Boat in Lake Thomas. The Picnic Pavillion and Lake Joe can be seen in the background.
View of Alligator Tour Boat in Lake Thomas. The Picnic Pavillion and Lake Joe can be seen in the background.

Bench overlooking Lake Chapin.
Bench overlooking Lake Chapin. | Source
Boats on the shore of Lake Mary.
Boats on the shore of Lake Mary. | Source
Fishing docks over Lake Joe.
Fishing docks over Lake Joe. | Source
These riders passed right by the picnic area and wildflower field as hubby and I ate dinner.
These riders passed right by the picnic area and wildflower field as hubby and I ate dinner.

A Walk Through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve in Springtime

Simply viewing photos of peaceful, beautiful locales can activate our senses as we imagine ourselves being in the place that we're looking at. The rest of this hub will take you on a pictorial tour of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and will hopefully inspire you to take a walk in a preserve or park that's within driving distance of your own hometown.

Springtime is busy on Hilton Head Island. Families and young adults on spring break come to enjoy the pristine beaches and festivals, filling the island with tourists but there are still places to get away from the crowds and enjoy some quiet time communing with nature.

One of my favorite off the beaten paths is the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Nestled within the bosom of Sea Pines Resort and accessible by paying a $5.00 gate fee per car load of people, it's a heavenly delight for anyone who loves nature and craves the sound of singing birds and rustling pine trees.

Preserve visitors can take a deep breath and inhale the sweet scent of sea air mingled with pine as their eyes feast on live oaks draped with Spanish Moss, palm trees, tall pines, wildflowers, and four man made lakes that comprise the largest, open freshwater resources on the island and are a sanctuary for bird-life and fisheries.

The Sea Pines Preserve encompasses 605 acres for wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation. The first trails, built in the early 1970's followed antebellum rice dikes that were originally constructed by plantation slaves. Current day visitor access has been enhanced through the construction of bridle paths, wetland boardwalks, observation decks, bridges and fishing docks (though the catch and release fishing is reserved for Sea Pines residents and their guests).

Fish Island, accessible by car, is the heart of the preserve and has picnic tables and prime views of the lakes. My husband, who was not able to walk the trails, enjoyed reading by the lake as I hiked through the preserve and took pictures. By the time I returned to the picnic area hubby was grilling mouth watering lamb chops which we enjoyed eating in this serene setting.

Warner W. Plahs Wildflower Field at Sea Pines Forest Preserve

Wildflower field with butterfly bushes in front of it. A beautiful butterfly followed me for a few minutes as I headed out of the preserve and that felt magical and exhilerating.
Wildflower field with butterfly bushes in front of it. A beautiful butterfly followed me for a few minutes as I headed out of the preserve and that felt magical and exhilerating. | Source

Field of Wildflowers

Warner W. Plahs Wildflower Field facing towards Lake Thomas. Each person who happened on this stunningly beautiful field was filled with child-like joy and wonder.
Warner W. Plahs Wildflower Field facing towards Lake Thomas. Each person who happened on this stunningly beautiful field was filled with child-like joy and wonder. | Source

Close-up of Wildflowers

I believe these are Coreopsis Tickseed flowers.
I believe these are Coreopsis Tickseed flowers. | Source
I believe these are Baby Blue Bells and Poppies.
I believe these are Baby Blue Bells and Poppies. | Source

The Joy of Discovering Thousands of Wildflowers

Across from the picnic area is the Warner W. Plahs Wildflower Field and Butterfly Bushes. Throughout late March, April, May and June many varieties of wildflowers bloom changing the predominant colors that visitors see. During my visit the hues were mostly yellow, gold and orange with splashes of red, white and blue.

Species planted in the field include African Daisies, Baby's Breath, Dame's Rocket, Drummond Phlox, Plains Coreopsis, Red Dwarf Coreopsis, Baby Blue Eyes, Black Eyed Susans, Rocket Larkspur, Sweet Alysseum, Corn Poppies, Clasping Susans, Indian Blankets and others.

The garden is tended by volunteers from the Sea Pines Garden Club and is a gift to all who come upon it. I felt my heart literally leap with joy when I first saw it and though one can not walk amidst the flowers as they are protected by a wooden fence, I took great delight in walking around the full perimeter of it.

Buddhist leader and ecologist, Thich Nhat Hanh once said, "May our heart's garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers." By that, I think he was suggesting that we open our hearts to the beauty that's around us and in doing so our souls will blossom.

Nature preserves and parks can raise our spirits even in troubled times by helping us remain fully engaged in the present moment. To gaze upon nature's bounty fills us with a sense of peace and well-being as naturally as water quenches thirst.

So on the next warm spring day that comes your way, seize the moment and take a walk. Even if you just walk through your own neighborhood focus on the new growth that's occurring all around you and it will raise your spirits.

There is an old proverb that gives the best reason to do so: "Cheerfulness is the very flower of health." When we walk among the flowers good cheer bubbles up to the surface and fills us with a sense of well-being and joy.

Spending time in nature isn't a panacea for mental health issues, nor is it a replacement for other forms of professional therapy or self-healing, but it can be a powerful tool in maintaining or improving our mental health.

In summary, a nature walk is an inexpensive and effective stress buster that promotes physical and emotional well-being while delighting the senses. Even those with mild to moderate clinical depression may see their mood rise after spending time outdoors in a beautiful setting.

Goodbye. Hope You Enjoyed Your Tour.

Hope you enjoyed your pictorial tour of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. These motorists in antique classic cars really made me feel transported to a simpler, gentler era when roads were made of dirt and drivers meandered through fields and forests.
Hope you enjoyed your pictorial tour of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. These motorists in antique classic cars really made me feel transported to a simpler, gentler era when roads were made of dirt and drivers meandered through fields and forests. | Source

Sea Pines Forest Preserve on Hilton Head Island

A markerSea Pines Forest Preserve -
175 Greenwood Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926, USA
[get directions]

Sea Pines Forest Preserve has beautiful trees, lakes, picnic areas and a wildflower field. Guided horseback and alligator tours are available.

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ALUR 4 years ago from USA

Is it any wonder that we forget that nature is the grounding home when man is most lost? Simply the beauty of death of winter and birth of life in Spring allows a humility to take over.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

"Cheerfulness is the very flower of health." When we walk among the flowers good cheer bubbles up to the surface and fills us with a sense of well-being and joy."

I love this saying so much!

Such a beautiful hub..filled with a peace and joy as you shared the Sea Pines and wild flowers. Taking a walk through nature is the best medicine, and always brings my heart to peace. Thank you Gail for sharing a wonderful hub.

Sunnie


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

What a lovely place for a walk; the pictures were great and so was the hub! Thank you for the tour!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Alur,

Your comment was so poetic, profound, and lovely. Thanks for taking time to write it.

I appreciate your input to this hub.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Sunnie,

I'm so thrilled that you liked it and agree that walks in nature are the best medicine. I am continually amazed by how a simple walk can yield so many benefits.

Even patients who are too ill to walk do better when allowed to be outside in mother nature. The local hospice in my home state of Delaware has a full sized patio overlooking a gazebo and garden outside of EVERY patient's room so the patients can be wheeled outside in a wheelchair of if they're too weak to sit up, their whole bed can be wheeled outside!

Thanks, as always, for your ongoing support. It's so greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Billybuc,

So glad you enjoyed your cyber tour and thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Gail,

Thank you so much for sharing the gorgeous views of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve on Hilton Head Island with us. It looks fabulous! That hospice you referenced...it is wonderful that they have the capability of doing that for their patients. Up votes and sharing this beautiful hub with others.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Peggy,

Am thrilled that you enjoyed the photos.

I was very impressed that the hospice went to such great lengths to ensure the patients would have access to nature, even if it's just looking out through the windows. I think some hospitals are now paying more attention to what's on their walls and nature murals and atriums are becoming more common. Some studies have shown that people do heal better when they can see and hear the sounds of nature.

Thanks for your thoughtful comment and for sharing this hub with others.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

The sounds, looks and even smells of nature can be so soothing. When a person is dying, it is not only nice for them, but also for any family members or friends who are staying with the dying person during this time of transition.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Peggy,

You make an excellent point. Thank you for returning to add it.


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

The beautiful places you visit! You must live in a fairyland!

Love the pictures and the the narration. I was actually at ease whilereading the hub. Truly!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Oh A.A. your comments always make me smile! My hubby says I live in "LaLa Land" most of the time and I can assure you it's a wonderful place to be. (LOL)

Seriously though, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and found it peaceful. I'm truly blessed to be able to visit such places and also to share them with so many others.

Thanks for your kind words. Your ongoing friendship and support is treasured.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

You and your hubby take so many wonderful trips. This is just another one for us to enjoy. I love the old cars, too. I voted this UP, etc.etc.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Mary,

Am so glad you enjoyed it, my friend. When those old cars showed up I just knew I had to get some photos of them as it was the perfect setting yet so totally unexpected! I always like surprises like that.

Thanks for taking time to leave such a lovely comment and for the vote up.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

This makes Pooh’s hundred acre woods look like a ghetto. What a fascinating place. Thanks for sharing you excellent photography and terrific experience with us.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Mckbirdbks,

Your comment made me chuckle.

So glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for leaving such a cool comment.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

There are even some who say the mind is out-side the body and is connected to all creation. As a matter of fact several biologically centered scientists' say there is no way the neuronal brain has the capacity to store all that it does, particularly with memories. Gail, I had no idea about the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, what a gorgeous and peaceful looking area to take a nature walk in. Definitely noted for the future. Thank you for sharing this Gail.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Alastar,

What a fascinating comment and I have heard some theories that everything is energy including our thoughts and thought energy comes from ourside our bodies. Some believe our minds are akin to radios that tune into certain frequencies depending on what our intentions and focus are.

The Sea Pines Forest Preserve is a great place for anyone who loves nature and I'm glad I could introduce you to it. It would probably be very hot in summer but in springtime it's wonderful.

Thanks for taking time to leave such an interesting comment.


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

Hi Gail, I always feel better after taking a walk in the woods or trails although I don't get to as often as I'd like.

But I had a similar experience today. My husband and I drove out to a farm that makes and sells artisan cheeses from their jersey cows. It was about an hour away and although it wasn't a walk, just driving - slower - on the back roads getting to the farm was relaxing and put us in a better frame of mind. It made me realize how little I do get out in nature and how better I feel when I do.

Beautiful hub and photos. I enjoyed reading it.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Danette,

Thanks so much for adding a comment that bolsters what I was trying to say. Your day trip to the farm sounds wonderful. Perhaps you'll write a hub about it?

Glad you enjoyed the hub and photos.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Simply stunning! I can almost feel the warmth of the sun on my face while viewing the lovely photographs. We thoroughly enjoy nature walks with our family - so much beauty to behold. Rated up, and a big congrats on the daily prize!


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

I plan to! Just have to find the time :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Happyboomer, I agreed wholeheartedly from the beginning to the end with you. I must emphasize: Time in nature 'literally changes the chemicals in our whole body and is one way of improving our biochemistry without the ingestion of toxic drugs.'

I wish I get more opportunities to be in nature.

Voted up and awesome, and I am sharing this all over....


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Oh Martie;how truly beauttul is this;I have to award my 'Up up and away' plus a bookmark into 'My special Hubs' slot.

Take care and enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Stephhicks,

Thanks so much for the congrats, vote up and lovely comment. They're greatly appreciated.

I was happy to hear that you and your family enjoy nature walks. Can't think of a better way to spend time together, especially on sunny spring days.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Danette,

Glad to hear that it'll be the subject of a future hub. I look forward to reading about it.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Martie,

Thanks for leaving such a great comment and for passing the hub on and voting it up. Your support is very much appreciated.

I hope you do find time to spend more hours in nature this spring.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Eddy,

I'm so thrilled you enjoyed the hub and photos. Your own hubs are always filled with a great love and respect for nature and I admire the way your whole family spends time together on local outings.

Thanks for your friendship and ongoing support. It's greatly appreciated.

Sending hugs across the Atlantic Ocean and straight to you.

Gail


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Absolutely stunning Gail, the field of wildflowers is breathtaking, the beauty of nature is truly uplifting!

Thank you for the tour, voting up and sharing.

Best wishes Lesley


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JKenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

A truly stunning hub. Thank you very much for sharing this. I call myself a nature addict, if I can't get out into the natural world at least once a week, then I start feeling down. I absolutely love those pictures of wildflowers; resembles a golden carpet. Wonderful.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

I always eagerly anticipate the wonderful journey that I know I will be taken on when I read your hubs. This hub was absolutely incredible, from your amazing photos to the delightful descriptions that you used in your text. I know that this hub was a daily drawing winner (congrats) but I would not be surprised at all if this was also a best hub weekly winner. Thank you so much for this virtual trip.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

What a beautiful hub! I try to walk in the woods everyday, when the weather allows. It always make me feel relaxed and appreciative of the beauty God has given us. This sounds like a wonderful place. Thank you for sharing your walk with us! Voted up and beautiful! Have a great day! :)


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

This is a wonderful reminder of how a simple walk can soothe and calm our minds and bodies. Your photographs are lovely, and remind me that it's worth it to seek out places like Sea Pines Forest Preserve and other public parks and gardens just to enjoy the flowers, trees and birds. Thanks for a beautiful hub - I'm inspired to go for a nature walk today!

Voted up and pinned.


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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You

Quite so. I don't know what I'd do without a forest or a river nearby. I currently live within walking distance of a river that runs through the town. You will have seen many pictures of my observations along the river, in my other hubs.

Thanks for reminding all of us of nature's restorative powers.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Movie Master,

Just returned to your stunning hub, "The Daffodil Way" and left another comment. Seems we were both out among fields and forests enjoying spring with our cameras and the one we love.

So thrilled you enjoyed my hub as much as I enjoyed yours and thanks for the vote up.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi JKenny,

I feel exactly the same way about nature- I actually crave it if I can't get out for my walks.

I'm happy you find time to make being out in nature part of your regular schedule.

So glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for the specific feedback which is greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Cardelean,

Thanks so much for your specific, lovely feedback. It really made my day and I'm so thrilled you enjoyed this hub so much.

Thanks, as always, for your ongoing support. It really means a lot to me.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome SGBrown,

How wonderful that you take walks in the woods almost every day! I agree that it's very relaxing and makes us aware of the beauty God has surrounded us with. I always feel closest to God when I'm spending time in nature.

Thanks so much for the feedback and vote up. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Stephanie,

I'm thrilled that this hub has inspired you to go for a walk in nature today. I'll be doing the same thing as it's a stunningly beautiful 75 degree day and so many flowers are in bloom.

Thanks for taking time to leave a comment that contributes to the substance of this hub. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Timorous,

Thanks for your lovely comment. How wonderful that you live in a place that is within walking distance of a river that runs through your town.

My hometown in Delaware also has a river that runs through it and I love taking a walk alongside it as the town has built a boardwalk with observation decks and bridges. It is a real blessing to live near such a place.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

It is a while since I paid you a visit, I was away for a while and trying to catch up seems to be 2 steps forward and one step back. lol

You have shown us a beautiful place to walk, reflect and relax in. Your photos are superb.

I do so agree that nature does have a healing affect when we are feeling a little down. It does soothe the mind and brings a calm.

Voting up A&B


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Rosemay, it's so good to see you here and thanks so much for the wonderful feedback and vote up. It's greatly appreciated.

Love your new profile pic. It's so adorable.

Sending Hub Hugs your way.

Gail


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thebluestar 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

Dear Gail, I adore your take on life, it is so creative and kind. I take a walk in the forest most days of the weak with J.P my greyhound and find beauty every time I visit. Spring is such a beautiful time of the year, where the buds are forming on the trees and the Spring flowers are just yawning their sleepy heads to say hello. You have captured the very essence of beauty and love that is shared by the seasons and being able to enjoy the outdoors. Fantastic hub my friend, stunning photographs and I wish I could visit your part of the world with my own picnic just now. Would you join me hunnie? Voted up and more. Net xx


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Dear Net,

That is such a poetic and lovely comment and I'm so thrilled to have it on this hub. How wonderful that you and J.P. walk through the forest on most days. It's amazing how the same walk can be fresh and new every time we take it, isn't it, but that's the ultimate beauty of nature- continual change and renewal.

Yes, I would love to join you on that picnic.

Thanks so much for your ongoing support and friendship. It means so much to me my talented friend.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

Congratulations on winning with this hub the daily prize.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi FloraBreenRobison,

Thanks for the congratulations. I was surprised and thrilled to win the daily prize.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Nature walks are such a Beautiful, as well as Healthy thing to do. I love your Pictures Gail. Nature is Wonderful and at times Breathtaking, especially the Flowers in bloom, so Fresh and New. Thanks so much for sharing your Talents in Words, as well as pictures my Friend.


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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

Oh what a beautiful place. To have a butterfly follow you out of the park. That is exciting! Also, congratulations on the contest! I can't wait to travel back east someday. Thank you so much for this wonderful tour of nature. LOVE IT!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi b.Malin,

So glad that you enjoyed it. I know from your hubs that you and Lover Man take lots of walks together by the beach and other places and are very tuned into everything around you. I love how your stories humanize the animals and provide lots of entertaining and imaginative interactions!

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Ruby H. Rose,

Oh yes, that butterfly experience was the highlight of my day.

Thanks so much for the congrats and I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the hub so much.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

It is amazing how wonderful you feel when you do take the time for nature walks. I loved all your pictures and the information. Outstanding hub. Rated up, awesome and beautiful.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Pamela,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment. I appreciate the feedback and the vote up.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Ackerman is absolutely right that it fills the whole body, not just the head. This hub has a 'peaceful, easy feeling', and not only from the photos. That field of flowers is exquisite. Reminds me of a meditation experience I had about a year ago-I was about 4 or 5 in a little spring dress moving through a field of flowers-tulips I think they were, and feeling so joyful.

Thanks for sharing! Rated up / beautiful and awesome. So glad you won a daily prize. This is the perfect hub for that drawing! :)


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

You describe the forest preserve so well I can imagine being there! We have friends in Charleston and plan to visit them next year. I'm going to propose an outing on Hilton Head Island. Thank you for sharing!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Denise,

Wow! What an awesome meditation experience. How I would have loved to have a photo of your beautiful little girl self moving through tulips.

Thanks so much for the specific, lovely feedback, the congrats, and most of all your ongoing friendship and support.

Hope you're having a wonderful spring.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Vespawoolf,

So glad you enjoyed your cyber visit and hope you do get to come to Hilton Head Island next year with your friends.

It's roughly a 2 hour drive from Charleston and there are so many things to do in Hilton Head Island.

I've written several hubs about Hilton Head which you might find helpful in planning your visit.

Thanks so much for taking time to leave a comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Hello Gail, I really enjoyed this tour of Sea Pines Forest Preserve, it made me smile. So much of what you said struck a chord with me, and I just love nature so much. The mental and physical responses we get from being out in nature, and the things you described are very true for me. Something in me truly seeks that kind of thing and it always brings me joy. I enjoyed the way you talked about all of that

I love the sound of pines, and could picture that as I saw these photos. The way you described how the people responded to those bright flowers made me smile. I would be like a kid in a candy shop also! I would love to see that in person and walk the perimeter.

What a joy to find this, thank you so much. Voted up and across except for funny. What a great thoughts this inspires as I head off to bed now. Thanks again. :)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Oceansnsunsets,

I'm so thrilled that you enjoyed this hub and the photos. Your own love of nature always shines through in your hubs and photography and being your follower allows me to experience beautiful places that I'll probably never see in person.

Thanks so much for your insightful comment, kind words and support. It's greatly appreciated.


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Purple Perl 4 years ago from Bangalore,India

Excellent mood lifting pics, one can feel relaxed thro' these pics.And definitely a whole lot more refreshing if experienced first hand. I love my early morning walks in the local park and beside a lake closeby watching migratory birds nesting. In spring, the parks are abloom in various hues and fragrances. Refreshes body and mind! Thanks for sharing and congrats too on your well deserved win!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Purple Perl,

I'm so glad you enjoyed the pics and liked the hub. Your early morning walks in the park sound like a wonderful way to start the day.

Thanks for taking time to leave a comment and for the congrats. It's greatly appreciated.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Gail,

I can tell that a fabulous holistic nurse has written this article, with photography that exudes serenity and reminders of what is important for our self-care.

I love the weaving of your carefully chosen quotations. Thich Nhat Hanh is a favorite author of mine, always able to center me with his peaceful, simple philosophy.

Outstanding work-- Voted UP & UABI! Love, Maria


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Mar,

My spirits are soaring this morning after receiving such high praise from my favorite nursing instructor! Thank you so much for the specific feedback.

I'm thrilled that you found the quotes, photos and hub centering and peaceful and agree that being immersed in nature and reading inspirational thoughts are uplifting and part of a good self-care routine.

Thanks for leaving a comment that adds to the content of this hub.

Sending Hub Hugs and Love,

Gail


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

What a lovely place for a walk or horseback riding! Your pictures are as always breathtakingly beautiful. This is definitely a place I would just love to sit down for a picknick. Just lovely Gail! Voted up, awesome and sharing.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Sannel,

So thrilled that you enjoyed it.

My adult son took the horseback riding tour and said it was great.

Thanks for the vote up and for sharing. It's greatly appreciated.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

Delightful tour of the Preserve with you and your camera. I could almost feel the sea breeze...wonderful. Enjoyed the many flower spaces too. Thanks for a refreshing walk...


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Frogyfish,

So thrilled that you enjoyed your cyber walk.

Thanks for the specific feedback. It's greatly appreciated.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

I really enjoyed the tour! So breath-taking! Extraordinary hubs!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Unknown Spy,

Thank you for your kind words. They're greatly appreciated.

This Forest Preserve is a stunningly beautiful place, especially in spring. I'm glad my camera captured some of its beauty.


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Break of Dawn 4 years ago

I just had to come back for another beautiful nature walk with my picnic basket in hand. This is truly a lovely and most delightful hub. Thank you!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Break of Dawn,

Aw, that was so sweet of you to come back. I could envision you walking through this beautiful preserve finding a scenic spot to lay down your picnic basket.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

What gorgeous photos! The only thing better would be being there. I've been to 39 of the states, but never to the Carolinas. I hope I'll get to visit there one day too. It looks so inviting. Every visitor to South Carolina should be certain to put Sea Pines Forest Preserve on their list of must sees.

Voted up, BAUI, and will share with my followers!


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Au fait,

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. I hope you do get to visit the Carolinas someday, and in particular, the Sea Pines Forest Preseve on Hilton Head Island. It's truly a special place, especially in springtime when the wildflowers are in bloom!

I appreciate the vote up and share!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

What beautiful photos, and I noticed most of them are your own! Excellent advice and great information. I really enjoyed this article.

Pinned to my 'Travel' board, voted UBIA, and will share with my followers!


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Au fait,

Glad that you enjoyed the article and thanks so much for the pinning, vote up and share. Your support is greatly appreciated.

I love taking photos and long walks in beautiful places, especially in springtime and autumn.

And seeing the gentlemen and ladies drive through this dirt road was a relaxing throwback in time.

Hugs,

Gail

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