Ways to Appreciate Nature 

Spend time with nature

Take a walk and take a deep breath and smell the fresh air.  Feel the air in your face and hair.

Appreciate all plants, flowers, weeds, and trees.

Pick up a flower, weed, or leaf and feel it.  Take a look at the details  Look how pretty it is.  Pay attention to the colors.  Spend time with it.  Plants are truly wonderful, with a green stem to suck up water and anchor them into the ground, blossoms with stigma, stamens, and ovaries for reproduction, colorful petals, and pollen to attract insects to help sustain the lives of creatures, and sweet fragrances that fill the air with pleasant aromas. A whole universe of quiet beauty at our fingertips.

Spend time with water.

Seas, rivers, ponds, oceans... even just water running from your tap or down your window is pretty. When the light catches a raindrop, it reflects different colors.  Take a walk in the drizzling rain and look up and let the rain touch your face. Enjoy the refreshing touch of wetness as you bathe in the luxury of clear coolness and taste the indescribable flavor of nature in its purest form. 

Appreciate the rainbows.

Those beautiful colors don't last long, so appreciate them while you can. 

Look toward the sky.

It is truly beautiful in itself, sometimes a bright, clear blue, sometimes grey with a few fluffy white clouds, and occasionally a dark, smeary black. Above all, up above it is the entire universe.

Take time out to spend time in your garden or park.

Watch the butterflies, bees, worms and any other bugs they are all a part of nature. 

Find the time to look around cities and at people, too. 

People's eye colors are different, their skin tones, hair colors, noses and lips, and eye shapes, their ears, their bodies, their personalities. Everybody is different. Cities have big, tall buildings and busy roads full of traffic with different cars, buses, vans, motorbikes, and bikes.

Do things you wouldn’t normally do 

Try planting a tree, plant, or flower of any kind. Watching it grow is a lovely experience.

Be like a tree. Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf. Bend before you break. Enjoy your unique natural beauty. Keep growing.” ~ Joanne Raptis

Photo Credit: Burst