My son, 21 years old today, has been working on a new passion project over the past few years by expanding his nature photography into also keeping track of the many bird species in our local area. This spring he has been excited to see the birds return bit-by-bit and takes daily walks to visit the old orchard, river, and other habitats in our community that attract the new feathered arrivals in addition to venturing on field trips throughout our state.
It has been a true joy to see his enthusiasm expand as he learns more and more about the habits and patterns of these winged wonders as well as to hear him speak up at community meetings in regards to making suggestions on how we steward our common land and make it hospitable for birds and other pollinators.
His enthusiasm and passion has even grown to the point where he purposely swings wide while running an errand so that he may pass by a local field or forest to spy a few more birds on his list or even discover unexpected bonus finds.
I’ve had the good fortune of having a front row seat to watch his interest in both nature and birds unfold and it has been truly a gift to see this form of P.L.A.Y. in action. Seeing his routine walk outdoors go from a general curiosity of nature to seeing this love for birds evolve into a pursuit of learning more and diving deeper into the topic has been quite inspiring. From my perspective it has added a wonderful new “lens” that he sees the world through.
Connecting to nature seems to have this positive effect on most folks once they truly give it a chance to settle into their bones. It is all about aligning with your own true nature and discovering what makes you curious and lights you up from within.
If you are still searching for your nature connection or would like to offer a few suggestions to your family or friends here are just a handful to get you started on the path to your next P.L.A.Y. adventure :
flower gardening—nature journaling—painting in plein air—letterboxing—birdwatching—-beekeeping—hiking—mountain climbing—kayaking—camping—butterfly watching—bike riding—mushroom hunting—horse back riding—raising chickens—swimming—berry picking—backpacking—tree climbing—photography—foraging in the fields & forest—kite flying—story telling around the campfire—
OR simply take a daily walk in wonder and awe of nature to feel more grounded, present, and connected.
❤ ❤ ❤ You’ll be ever so glad you did! ❤ ❤ ❤
To see more of my son’s inspiring nature photography follow these links: