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Wildlife and wellbeing. Saturday August 17, 2013

I had it in mind to write a post about wildlife being good for the wellbeing. So it was of no little interest to turn the radio on and discover that a discussion was in flow as to whether it is our moral duty to be more aware of our surroundings, in particular, that of bird life.

It was heartening to hear the callers and comments who expressed a love of, and appreciation for nature.

I'm drawn to such people. They may not be an expert in ornithology or botany but they can tell you a random fact about the life of a blackbird, or mention by the by, that the chamomile flower, in Victorian times meant 'energy in adversity'. (Oh I love that!)

It can disclose a lot about the individual. It may reveal that they are observant, appreciative of the small pleasures in life and are, in all probability, quite gentle company to be around.

To not feel lost in wonder at the wildlife around us - is to perhaps suggest that we are not in touch with our inner soul. It can be incredibly helpful and soothing to our wellbeing. Here are a few fleeting moments I've enjoyed today alone:

Watching a happy bee bumble about a lavender plant. (Yes, it really was happy)
Gently brushing my fingers through heavenly scented lavender. (No wonder the bee was so happy!)

Watching wood pigeons sweep up an invisible "hill" in the air and swoosh down, like they are on a roller-coaster. It's obvious they do this for the sheer thrill and joy of it. I find peace, pleasure and priceless joy in these wee snippets of time. ;o)

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Ann Shaw Sat, Aug 17th 2013 @ 9:07am

Enjoyed your comment on nature. I had similar experience yesterday walking in countryside near my home -Scotland- which I chart in Blipfoto- online diary - and yesterday made work using wildflowers. ( I am an artist/writer).

Anonymous Sat, Aug 17th 2013 @ 9:36am

Love it. Agree with all you say.In Ireland this last week. I drank in beauty all around me. Feel totally refreshed

Anonymous Sat, Aug 17th 2013 @ 6:10pm

Heavenly nature! I am very fortunate to be a lecturer of Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation. I also work with all kinds of bird species - which are my passion. Teaching can be hard work but I find that when it all becomes rather stressful, all I have to do is walk out of my office and there it all is ready to calm me.

Anonymous Sat, Aug 17th 2013 @ 9:27pm

Spot on. Beautiful writing about beautiful things and calming people. Thank you.

Fiona Sat, Aug 17th 2013 @ 10:26pm

Beautifully put. Thank you

Suzy Sat, Aug 17th 2013 @ 11:14pm

Hey Ann, I've just enjoyed a wee perusal of some of your 'blips'. ;o) I really enjoyed! Thank you for sharing. I loved August 13, 15 and 16 and, although it has nothing to do with wildlife, LOVED August 9th! Fancy that!!!
I live near Antony Gormley's 'Another Place', Crosby Beach and there is often, much to my amusement, a random traffic cone, hat or even a bikini to be seen on the iron men. (I once crocheted a necklace for one of them;) None have remained long enough to make it into The Lonely Planet's top 10 bizarre sights of the world though...yet.

Ann shaw Sun, Aug 18th 2013 @ 9:08am

Hi Suzy
Thanks for taking a peek at Blipfoto. I would love to see the Gormley sculptures, so far have only seen photos.,interesting tha they have become a source of extra garments,

a friend Sun, Aug 18th 2013 @ 9:22am

such a beautiful description of what you see... its as if you 'feel' it and see it at the same time.

Anonymous Tue, Aug 20th 2013 @ 9:29am

Well said... these events occurring naturally all around us are so very uplifting... I often feel very sleepy in the morning but the sight of a nuthatch (as happened this morning) on the feeder really brings me around... often these moments are fleeting... a sunrise / sunset will change by the minute - a rainbow will appear and disappear before our eyes and those dynamic meteors (amazing show last week) just play games with us to keep us watchful. We need to ensure we are ever alert to the beauty that surrounds us and not get too caught up with day to day worries, stressors and the minutiae of living.

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