Shinrin-yoku


Shinrin-yoku (noun) Origin:  Japanese | Forest bath; a visit to the forest to take in it’s atmosphere.

This is actually a form of nature therapy that is practiced in Japan ever since the 80s.

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Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy. Isaac Newton

The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great, that I thought I was in a dream. Jack Kerouac

Nature Therapy:  Daniel; dped; Claire; sideways; neelstoria; EC; wilderness; kim; Brad; mihran; granitestate; deniek

Day 25 ~ SunFlower


I do love me a sunflower.  I have always loved them.  Even though I am allergic to them.  To me they mean summer, sun, beauty, light, happiness.  But did you know that in their early stages they will follow the sun from sunrise to sunset?  I did not.  Or that as they mature, they face East?  Neither did I.

On highway 395 from Spokane to Deer Park, there are several sunflower farms.  Every time I drove out, to visit dad, I would stop and take pictures from the road, but I always thought they were just fickle.  One time they were all facing this way and one time that.  I had no idea they followed the sun.

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I always thought sunflowers were beautiful, but did you know that the yellow petals are one flower and the fuzzy brown centers are actually individual flowers?  ME NEITHR !!!  There can be as many as 2,000 little flower in what I used to think were just the seeds that I loved to eat.

What I have always known is that sunflowers are amazing.  They are native to the Americas (I am too).  They are used to feed, to heal, and to bring light to someone’s day.

“I want to be like a sunflower so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight.” – Unknown

In honor of this majestic plant, I created my own version of a sunflower for my grand-daughter.  I hope you enjoy.

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“look at its shape, with vibrant yellows and oranges, a sunflower can brighten your day…it’s as if it is smiling like a happy face painted on the sun…so if you do only one thing all day, let it be to smile, so you can brighten the day of others around you, just like the sunflower”
― Bodhi Smith

baydreamers; vovazinger; paul; cee; sue; ritva; jason; mike; albatz

Morning has broken – as was the bird


Beautiful morning in Spokane today. Sunny, cold, beautiful!


“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” ― Edgar Allan Poe

Look deeper –

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“To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.” ― Stephen R. Covey

“We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. This is the great paradox.” ― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

It’s all happening at the zoo… or El Rancho


Another surprise and hidden gem to visit in Malabo.  You can walk with a monkey, feed other animals, take riding lessons, have a lunch or just watch others hanging out.  Very beautiful place and super friendly as well. We were the only ones there so were able to practice good social distancing.  It’s funny how just watching some animals and a little bit of nature can make you feel so much better.  I hope you enjoy.

“We patronize the animals for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they are more finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other Nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.” ― Henry Beston

Sky, Land, and Water


I have a limited ability to express my love of sky, land, and water.  Empty of most man made items.  Or in other cases being very limited in what we place in it or on it. It’s like closing your eyes and taking a deep breath of fresh air.

We live in a world of complicated chaos and seem to barely notice or appreciate the loudness, or quietness of nature.  Calms the mind if you can slow down enough to catch it!

Sam