As the weather is getting nicer, and spring is starting to bring new things to marvel at each day, it’s a perfect time to engage with nature. There is a little woods near my house, and I enjoy going into the woods and sitting on a travel chair just to think, plan, and listen to the sounds around me. It’s amazing how much easier it is to breathe when you are just listening to the birds, and the wind moving through the trees. I’ll admit, that where I live it’s still a bit cold to sit out there for long, but each day is getting better and I look forward to the days that I can spend more time in the little woods.
This week was my first outing out there and I had quite the surprise waiting for me. In the summer, the leaves keep my chair comfortably hidden. Right now, there are only tree trunks, and I’m sure I can be seen from the dirt road that goes by the woods. However, my favorite spot was calling my name, and I set my chair up and decided that I didn’t care who saw me sitting in the woods all by myself. I was there for about 10 minutes. There is still nothing green growing, so I was really just looking up a the trees and the sky above. Suddenly I saw a small movement out of the corner of my eye.
I looked to my left and saw my “old friend” poking his head out between two tree trunks growing together.
Last year I was happy to have a chipmunk become braver and braver as I sat out in my chair. About 1 month into my sitting out there quietly it became comfortable coming within a couple of yards to eat and walk around me. I was rather amazed when this head was taking a peek just about a foot away from me. So, I will have to admit here, that I have a tendency to talk to animals. The deer, the turkeys, the squirrels, the birds, and anything else that will listen. So I softly said, “Well Hello! It is so good to see you again! It’s been a really long winter hasn’t it.”. To my amazement I was rewarded with him coming fully out and moving his head as he listened to me.
I couldn’t tell you what else I talked about, but I think I was out there for almost 15 minutes before he took of to forage for food. It was so fun to engage with nature and make a connection that went both ways. So what can you do this week to engage with nature. It can involve birds, animals, plants, a puddle of rainwater, sitting out on a porch, taking a hike or so many more options. Let us know in the comments below how you like to engage with nature. Welcome spring and the sights, smells, tastes, and sounds that you can intentionally enjoy.