I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. – John Muir (1838–1914)
I wise man said; Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard. – Standing Bear.
Nothing could be more true than that. In nature one cannot be selfish, we are all part of something bigger, and need to coexist with our surroundings. I think that feeling of oneness, being a part of something bigger, is part of what makes me so eager to spend time out in nature on a daily basis. I breathe slower, my heart beats faster, my worries fly away.
The photos in today’s post are taken in Napa Valley, walking in one of my favorite eucalyptus grooves.
The poetry of the earth is never dead. – John Keats
For some reason walking among eucalyptus trees feels extra magical to me. Maybe because there’s no eucalyptus trees in Sweden (where I grew up) ?
Without anyone ever telling her to do so, my daughter (2,5 years old now,) always walk up to trees and hug them. She put her cheek next to a tree, and just stands there. Sometimes she closes her eyes. Little things, like her appreciation for a beautiful tree, makes my heart sing. I don’t want to stop time, because each moment is so precious, but moments like that have a special place in my heart.
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. – Khalil Gibran
One of the things I am most grateful for in life, is that I am blessed to be able to spend so much time in nature with my daughter. Some of my best childhood memories are walking in the forests (birch and pine tree forests,) of Northern Sweden with my little sister. We used to fill our Fjällräven backpacks with delicious cheese sandwiches, and hot chocolate (that mom made for us,) and head out for hours. This was in the beginning of the 80’s, no one was worried about two little girls roaming around in the forest by ourselves. During the summer months we walked, and walked, exploring every game trail. In the winter we were equipped with cross country skis.
This was how we spent our free time – outdoors – no matter the season, or weather of the day.
I remember that mom told us to be careful when crossing busy streets (on our way to the forest,) and not talking to strangers. I don’t remember her ever say anything about any dangers in the forest. I don’t remember ever feeling worried about being by myself in the forest. Nature was a friend. Is a friend. I only remember feeling at peace, free. That’s still how I feel. That’s what I want to capture with my camera. That’s what I want to plant in my daughters heart.
I hope YOU are having a great day!
PS. Are we friends on Instagram? That’s usually where I post my adventures first. I would love to get to know you!