Ferns growing with the morning dew

This is the real heart of the place – where nature is appreciated for itself. For how wonderful and wholesome it is. For how well it has grown to be itself and nothing else.


Little moments from when I’ve really appreciated nature.

In reality, I appreciate nature constantly. I have plants inside the apartment, and on the balcony. There’s plants I keep track of on the walk to the car, and then a pair of shrubs just outside work. I have a small garden at work, which recently got some new full-spectrum LEDs to help them thrive.

I try to keep nature around me as close as I can while living in the city… and I’m known to leave the city frequently to go enjoy the nature out there.

What I’m trying to say here is – you can always find some nature to appreciate. Wherever you are, and anywhere along the path.

These articles are ones where I’ve focused on appreciating nature for what it’s capable of, or what mystery it recently uncovered.

Two chrysanthemums growing in soft window light, full of blooms

Air Purifying Plants

Plants are natural air purifiers. We put out a heck of a lot of carbon, and all plants will help reduce that to some degree. The only issue is that carbon isn’t the only thing we’re putting into the atmosphere. Our atmosphere indoors, where we’re spending so much time, is incredibly important. We put out a few other notable bad chemicals in the course of daily living – ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene. Check here for some plants that can clean your air!

A view across the red rocks in Arizona

The Whole Dang Year

Looking back at the whole year – the lockdowns have had some changes. More plants at home, and definitely going outdoors more often to get some fresh air!

The Lonely Ginkgo

The Ginkgo is currently most threatened not by disease or the environment, but by logging. Our homes are our own environments. We get a say at what survives, and can even help plants thrive that otherwise might be disappearing.

Nature Appreciation on Earth

Nowadays, there’s people from all across the earth that have learned to appreciate nature. I’d say it’s about as common to meet someone that has cut down a tree than one that has tried growing one – at least around these parts. Here’s some people that appreciate nature, each in their own way:

Association of Nature and Forest Therapists (ANFT) – This is likely one of the biggest names in Forest Bathing and general Forest Therapy.

Earth First! – While their magazine may not be in print at the moment, their online fronts are still alive. And I’m sure they’re up to other activities. I first encountered one of their magazines while in a city far, far away. It was quirky, direct, and undeniably witty. I’m sad I didn’t subscribe before they halted printing.