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Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday Fallback

Call it Memory lane as I digress today. I fall back to what makes life so simple – the sun, the moon and the trees. And oh, how I love this particular season. Maybe it has to do with spending so much time outdoors as a kid. 

I should consider myself pretty darn lucky. Directly across the street from where I grew up was an extension of my childhood. Miles of woods and trails eventually connecting to an extensive botanical park, all there for my exploring and that I did many an afternoon. Although the park and a portion of the connecting woods still remain today, development, like it or leave it, has filled in what was once a bountiful and natural playground. Places like these can certainly be hard to come by for children today but as +Richard Louv, author of ‘The Nature Principle’ and “Last Child in the Woods’ points out, it might have more to do with the inability to unplug than treating ourselves to some time in nature. “The future will belong to the nature-smart—those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.” Had I been tethered to a smartphone as a child, would I have found these woods or anything in nature as welcoming to explore?

So on these last beautiful fall days, enjoy the sun, the moon and the trees. There’s a lunar eclipse this evening, and us lucky East Coast folks get the best shot of seeing it here in North America. According to this report, the best viewing should be around 7:51 PM EDT. So enjoy the Hunter moon and heed to hunting out nature. Unplug and enjoy. Plus, unlike most of those junk Hollywood movies, it’s free.  

Images by Ann Bilowz © Fall Moments

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