From one yellow leaf fluttering to the bare ground to the pungent but delightful smell of the first rain, nature has so much to offer us. From calming our minds and exciting our senses, it’s time to get back out to the world and see this planet for what it really is!
Considering my new series “Simple Nature” I have created a 45 day challenge for anyone who wants to join me. The challenge is this. Spend time outside every day for the next 45 days and take a photograph of something in nature that delights you. Tag #kellyssimplenature on Instagram, so I can see all the work you have created and share it in my stories.
Let me tell you a brief story about the first photo from this challenge (I started a little early).
My favorite time of the year is the day after the first rain of fall. After that night has passed the skies clear. Some clouds linger, trailing the billowing clouds that produced the rain. I imagine them saying, “Hey wait for me! I want to have fun raining too, but I am not big enough. Can I join you?” I watch as they whisk by, changing shape with every second.
The birds are happily flying around enjoying the sunshine eating all the bugs the water displaced. I believe this is the bird’s favorite time of year too! They fly with such renewed energy it puts a little pep in my step just thinking about it.
But the best part the day after it rains is the smell. Here in California the summers are so dry and hot that when rain finally comes, its moisture lingers in the air. It smells so fresh and feels so cleansing to my nose that has been inhaling dust from fires, soil and pollution. When I step out in the morning for my normal routine I sit for a short period just smelling the cool air, letting it sink into my lungs.
For some reason the rain also brings out other scents, like the pine trees on my property. When I think about this day, I often feel a sense of nostalgia and I think about all the times I have been camping in the woods, enjoyed a hike, or fished in an alpine lake. I often tell myself I don’t think I could ever live without mountains and forest. I could never live without these natural wonders in my life because I would feel incomplete.
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