The nature of connection

You got to see behind-the-scenes when my recent e-mail went out without your actual first name. My apologies for any communications you receive that arrive with mistakes. I aim for that to be the exception to the rule. 

Last week we volunteered a couple of hours to hang out with 4th and 5th graders. Southern Oregon Land Conservancy hosted a field learning adventure in local Oredson Todd Woods. That + taking walks in our local park inspired this newsletter.

It hit me between the eyes, the reason I like to know the names of flowers and trees is because it helps me feel like I know them. I start to recognize them walk to walk or from year to year. It's like the folks I know and call by name and they call me by name. 

Nature is a place where we can grow the feeling of being connected. Feeling safely connected is vital for us humans. Our nervous system needs to feel enough safety to function optimally and maintain homeostasis. For many of us, nature provides a place to feel like we're home.

I wanted to share some of what we learned and what we saw from our time with the kids, and pictures from our own recent hike at Lithia Park in Ashland. 

Photos are of: 

  • Us at Lithia Creek.

  • Wild delphinium-larkspur-ish looking beauties.

  • Ground cones - these are blooming! After they bloom they resemble pinecones.

  • Indian paintbrush - just getting ready to burst open.

  • The bark of ponderosa pine, one of our familiar conifers. Called the jigsaw puzzle tree because of its interesting fire resistant bark.

Spring is a time when connecting with nature can give a feeling of being home.

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