Nature Heals

Is it a vacation if I wake up at 4:15am and wait until the sky is light enough to bike down to the beach? Racing to see sunrise? Every morning brings a new adventure. . . a crab, a shark in the shallows, a corn snake slithering across the trail. Is it because it makes me “happy” or does it make me feel alive? Is it because my thoughts are filled with the same problems — but nature throws me new things at every moment? I love to study nature. To look longer and see more. Time to look, time to see, time to be. When my daughter was 3 she woke up at around 4am and when I asked her why so early she said, “sleeping is boring”.

I googled “nature and happiness”

“Nature heals

Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. It may even reduce mortality, according to scientists such as public health researchers Stamatakis and Mitchell.

Research done in hospitals, offices, and schools has found that even a simple plant in a room can have a significant impact on stress and anxiety.”

— U of Minnesota

https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/how-does-nature-impact-our-wellbeing

What will i see today?

Sunrise on Cumberland Island GA

Sunrise on Cumberland Island GA

This guy on the beach

This guy on the beach

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Corn Snake on the path to the beach

Corn Snake on the path to the beach

Go Ask Alice

“You should keep on painting no matter how difficult it is, because this is all part of experience, and the more experience you have, the better it is... unless it kills you, and then you know you have gone too far.” — Alice Neel

There’s a great documentary (2007) about painter Alice Neel that was put together by her grandson.

Dead Tulips (detail above)  2017  by Susan Darwin  Oil on Canvas

Dead Tulips (detail above)

2017

by Susan Darwin

Oil on Canvas

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Touched By An Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage 
exiles from delight 
live coiled in shells of loneliness 
until love leaves its high holy temple 
and comes into our sight 
to liberate us into life. 

Love arrives 
and in its train come ecstasies 
old memories of pleasure 
ancient histories of pain. 
Yet if we are bold, 
love strikes away the chains of fear 
from our souls. 

We are weaned from our timidity 
In the flush of love's light 
we dare be brave 
And suddenly we see 
that love costs all we are 
and will ever be. 
Yet it is only love 
which sets us free.

by Maya Angelou

Bonaventure Cemetery Savannah GA

Bonaventure Cemetery Savannah GA

Sunrise

I beat everyone to the beach three days in a row at Hilton Head. Every morning, a new sky and new things to see. No music this morning . . . just surf on one side and cicadas on the other.

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I wasn’t the first to find this poor old dead guy

I wasn’t the first to find this poor old dead guy

There was a beige crab in that hole in the foreground.

There was a beige crab in that hole in the foreground.

Inspiration

This guy is begging to be painted. Not broken, but so much to say.

Can you see the lifeline?

Can you see the lifeline?