Spring’s coming to the marshes and wetlands of Louisiana. Last Saturday we enjoyed a beautiful sunset paddle. Enjoy the peaceful wordlessness! And if you’re in the NOLA area and wanting to tap into the restorative power of time in nature, join me Saturday morning, March 23, at 9:00 a.m. for a Wordless Walk in the wetlands of Jean Lafitte National Park. More details here!
On our last wordless walk in the swamp, we were so quiet that we were able to watch this young raccoon without it ever noticing us! Here’s a little clip. I love the bird song – spring is already coming to the swamps of Louisiana!
My next Wordless Walk is February 23 – hope you can join me! More details here.
I spent the transition from 2012 to 2013 at a beautiful barrier island on the Gulf Coast. There’s nothing happening there. Unless you count dolphins leaping, bald eagles nesting, sanderlings traipsing along the water’s edge, and pelicans skimming over the waves.
Plenty of opportunity for wordlessness here. And rest. And stillness. A lovely way to begin the new year.
How about you? How did you transition into 2013? With fireworks and dancing? Cozy fires and cuddly pets? However you crossed the threshold into the new year, I hope it was just right.
When I take the time – when I invest in rising early and getting away from all the technology and to do lists, all the striving, trying, doing, figuring out – I’m always, always rewarded. Two things amaze me every time. The first is that taking time in nature is absolutely free. Aside from the gas and the $1.00 toll to get back home over the Mississippi River Bridge, I don’t pay anything for my sunrise walks. The second is how much it seems that time spent simply walking amidst the plants and the animals ought to be worth. How do you put a price on inner peace? Really. It never fails that I’m more relaxed, more clear, and more centered. And it also never fails that no matter what the weather, no matter what season, I’m also filled with wonder and appreciation. And whatever my “big deal” plans for the day, month, or year are – well they’re all well and good, but they’re truly minor in the grand scheme of the shifting of the seasons or the life span of a tree. Or the age of the moon. Whatever’s really important in my life rises to the top when I spend part of my day walking quietly in nature.
Please enjoy this selection from my most recent walks, and if you’re in the NOLA area, join me for a wordless sunset/moonrise walk this Friday evening, December 28. We’ll meet at 4:30 at the Bayou Coquille trailhead, and spend a little bit of time setting some intentions for 2013 before we walk and see what nature has to reveal for us. Details here. Get in touch if you need more info!