Do you have favorite spots in nature, such as a view, the wood, a sea or lake shore?
(I am rather sorry that this topic/post rather overlaps with one just a couple of weeks ago.)
The ocean was generally my favorite spot in nature, whether sitting watching the waves, floating around in them, or on a boat, going to corners of islands where there were no other people, picking up driftwood, shells, nice rocks.
It’s been far too long since I have done that, though.
I used to love to go to all of the small parks around where I lived, especially since most has at least a spring, (if not bigger water). I always found them peaceful.
In Colorado, we used to go to the mountains very, very often. If a month went by and we didn’t go, it was unusual. We had several places which we liked to go and since we went on weekdays, we often had the places to ourselves, whether it was among great rock outcrops, scrub pines, mountains with trees, or above the timberline, in great weather or in cold wind. The mountain lakes in the Summer, with its mountain flowers and small animals were fantastic…it’s been a long time since those, as well.
Even in Denver and the busy suburbs, we had a number of parks that were unusual as there would be beautiful hidden ones with an incredible number of birds and animals right in majorly populated areas.
Here, we don’t get out and about. There is very little public land and we don’t travel anywhere near as much. We stopped when The Sons were in Scouts and I went to some when they were still Cubs, but The Husband took over when the travels got farther and the activities got crazier,(rock climbing, repelling, white-water kayaking!). There is a lovely large ‘forest’ about 20 miles or so away, but it is built up, and popular. It is planted with unusual trees, plants, and flowers. There are hiking trains and walking trails but I simply don’t get there as often. It can be crowded, and I am not up to hiking around like I used to.
It is still fairly rural here. There are places that I pass all the time which have yet to be built up and are lovely. When the trees are in leaf, like now, it is incredible how many shades of green there are and how very many different shapes of leaves and trees there are, in fact, I commented on it again this week, just going to the grocery store about six miles from my house.
In the Spring, we have many trees that blossom, which is also lovely, as many grow along the sides of the roads.
However, the one thing this place, and the yard which we had when I was 13-19, is that there is a line of trees and plants between the house and the fence line in the backyard, and in the place in between, where there is a canopy of trees, it is so very peaceful. Different plants grow there, it is often quite quiet.
(It’s peaceful, unless the neighbor’s chickens get through the fence!)
I even can see much of it from my large, glass back door and the matching window next to it, although it is nice to just be under there.
I also see our other spots which are much overgrown, which are havens to birds, bunnies, chipmunks and occasional raccoons, possums, woodchucks and maybe even a skunk or so. We have snake visitors and skinks, although generally, I only see snakeskins for proof of those.
I miss other places like the ocean, but I find beauty and peace where I can.