Counting On Nature

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in tune once more.” ~ John Burroughs

It had been a day of constantly wiping a runny nose, rocking and comforting my 15 month grand daughter who was feeling miserable and irritable from her first cold. I bundled her up in a warm blanket and we stepped out the front door and onto the porch. “Let’s go see what’s happening outside.”

The rain from earlier in the day had let up, clouds were still heavy and low. A hint of woodsmoke filled the air and mixed with the fresh chill that November air brings. Quails were calling to each other in the brush beyond the creek bed. A squirrel scampered up an oak, chirping as he moved jerkily. Baby girl calmed and quieted, looked around. I wiped away her tears. Bright red Toyon berries hung low and glistened from the recent soaking. Autumn leaves that were still clinging on trees and shrubs danced in the gentle breeze, as a new brilliant layer of leaves carpeted the ground. Off the porch I stepped with this sweet one cradled in my arms. “Let’s go for a walk around the yard, love.”

We moved slowly just taking in all the sights, sounds and smells of the late afternoon. Listening, looking, soaking up all the gifts that this November day offered. Mother Nature enveloping us and working her peace and magic.

It was no more than ten minutes that we were outdoors but our spirits were  lifted and our moods were refreshed, just as I knew they would be. Soothed and healed once again, all courtesy of nature.

 

Secret Cove

On a cool November morning, just hours before a storm, we discovered Secret Cove. It’s a secluded off-the-beaten-path stretch of beach several miles south of Incline Village, in Nevada. Steep trails took us down to a well marked winding path which then led us to views that took our breath away.IMG_6281IMG_6323IMG_6322Under dark, dramatic skies, the pristine beach felt peaceful and had a sacred quality to it.IMG_6288IMG_6294IMG_6292IMG_6296Aside from one other hiker high above us on a trail, we had the entire beach to ourselves.IMG_6299Just Hubby, our dog, Gemma and me. Exploring. Soaking up the sights.
IMG_6298IMG_6300IMG_6319IMG_6316IMG_6320And marveling all the while at the sheer resplendence of Mother Nature.