There are many benefits to connecting with nature. Spending time out doors among the plants, animals, and elements that surround us can do wonders for our well being. For myself, I notice a greater calm when in nature, as well as greater clarity about my place and purpose in the world. Getting to know the wilderness gives me a better understanding of who and what I am and how things work. It allows one to see the connections between all creatures and things, including ourselves. And a cool part of getting to know nature is that there is always more to learn! You can always go deeper.
Yesterday evening I had my mind blown. I sat by the garden under a tree, enjoying the warmth of the disappearing afternoon sunlight, while reading Botany in a Day, by Thomas J. Elpel. I am really excited to be reading this book, it is one I got for the 9 month program at Alderleaf Wilderness College, and from what I can tell it guides the reader to recognize distinct characteristics of various plant families, starting with the most common ones, and from there the reader is then able to see a plant and tell what family it belong to. Continue Reading