I love nature in all seasons but I think Autumn is my favourite. It’s important for my own mental health that I can take those walks outside and hear the birds singing even on the dullest of days. A boost of vitamin D from the sun when it makes an appearance, watching the dappled sunlight hitting the forest floor and taking time for myself to feel the sense of peace it evokes in me.
Being a complete nature lover, Guide leader (Girl Scouts) Forest School practitioner and Horticultural Therapist it is kind of in my blood that I have an affinity with nature and all things outdoors.
Nature is a fickle thing, it’s never the same week on week year in year season on season. It changed, evolves and ultimately it is the boss despite us trying to tame it.
In this sense it is also very grounding and predictable. The seasonality of Dark grey winter months whilst the plants and woodland life is dormant, waking up in spring, creating new life, bursting with goodness in summer and autumn bringing with it incredibly intense changes in colour, then back to sleep to conserve its energies.
A bit like ourselves, it would be too much if we were 100% full of life and energy 24/7 365 days a year. We would burn out pretty quickly. So it’s important to learn from nature and take notes. Learn to bloom slowly like the flowers in spring. Snowdrops appear in January yet Wisteria is at its best in May. Give yourself time to bloom at the best time for you and not when others want you to.
Know your purpose. Some plants provide shade, other provide food, some are for show and for some it is only in winter that their purpose is known; I’m thinking of the Christmas Tree, for which I love the fact that this tree can provide such nostalgia and joy during the darkest months.
Trees are very resilient, they tolerate a lot of stresses in their life; weather extremes, damage (human, animal or disease), and devastation (floods, fire or felling).
They come back fighting and regrow stronger than before.
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