50+ Ideas & 32 Pics – To Enjoy Nature with a Sense of Wonder, Delight and Spontaneity

by Rashmie on April 25, 2012 · 52 comments

in Nature Learning,Photography

Friends, today, I’m sharing with you more than just a blog post or an article. Through these 5o+ thought-provoking ideas and 32 pictures, I share with you the secrets to my lasting pleasures. The pleasure that comes with my curious interaction with the natural world.

This earnest joy, I always strive to share with my family and especially with Pari. For it is by exploring and appreciating the mysteries of our nature and mother earth and by developing a love for it – early on – that our children will experience pure bliss of the mind, heart and soul.

And, they will cherish their childhood and go on to love life with a passion that does not come by being surrounded with the artificial world all the time.

Sunday – April 22 – was Earth Day. I had meant to do a few posts last week focusing on ‘kids and nature’ – a series that I started a week back. But unfortunately, I could not write anything on the blog the whole of past week due to a small surgery on my arm. (nothing to worry friends; I’m fine now).

The truth is – more or less – every being longs for nature.

More so kids. They may not crave it like they crave chocolates or toys. It’s sad that they may go on living without even implicitly understanding the lack of nature in their lives. But, this deficiency might go on to impact them in the short and the long term, which we adults may never realize. We may look for the reasons in all the wrong areas and factors.

When, in reality, the effect of nature (or the lack of it) on the young mind and health is intense and immediate.

Nature opens up opportunities for free play for children like no other medium can. And, it’s the free play or the unstructured play without adult intervention that’s the most enriching experience for children. The elements of nature not just soothe them, they also bring out their imagination and creativity in more ways than an artificial setting ever can.

This article is an insightful read on why children’s outdoor play and learning spaces need radical rethinking. It advocates designing them in a way that the spaces encourage stimulating engagement with nature. I can’t agree more! ‘Let the Children Play’ is by far my favourite play-based blog that tirelessly advocates adding natural elements in children’s playscape.

In the book called – ‘Last Child in the Woods‘, child advocacy expert Richard Louv, directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s generation with some of the most disturbing childhod traits. He calls it – ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’.

Speaking from experience, one very important learning I’d like to share with you…

To go out with your children for a nature walk or a nature study, one doesn’t need to be an expert by any means. Far from it, it’s much more beautiful and enjoyable when the parent and the kids are learning together – in spontaneous, unstructured ways or sometimes by prior planning.

I, for one, am always learning along side Pari.

There are trees and birds and blooms that I cannot identify. There are sounds that I can’t recognize. I turn to Pari to take note of it so we can get home and google or find out by referring to a book.

So, I’m far away right now from being an expert guide on nature.

But, I AM something else that’s very very relevant in this whole experience

Which is – I bring along with myself a keen sense of wonder! When I’m with Pari on our nature walks – be it in the woods or merely gazing at trees and birds from our balcony – I am wonder personified. I can’t help. My curiosity is infinite. I get awe-struck at anything and everything in nature (and outside its realm, too!) And, I think my curiosity is my most powerful creative tool.

I whole-heartedly agree with what Rachel Carson wrote in her award-winning classicThe Sense of Wonder:

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”

So, here are my 50 heartfelt thoughts on how to enjoy nature spontaneously – using all five senses.

I’ve included a number of pictures to make the reading more visual and transport you to the natural world.

I think there’s no barrier of age to enjoy and be healed by nature. No matter how old your child – 6 years or 6 months – he/she will accept the world of nature – intrinsically. The key is to sharing and enjoying together rather than we setting out to ‘teach’

Whether you’re out in the woods for a nature walk early morning, taking a walk in the neighbourhood, playing on the beach, lounging in your backyard early evening, or sitting in the balcony, porch or on the terrace late evening – doing nothing – you can soak up some nature in the simplest – and most spontaneous – of ways. Ways that are not going to cost a thing. They will only need your wholehearted engagement and …?

Yes, you got it – a keen sense of wonder. :-)

1. Get up at the crack of dawn. Early rising need not be a habit. But, pick a day when you want to savour the light, colours, smells and sounds of the twilight – with your child.

This experience for a child with his/her parent comes with infinite joy and awe. You never know – the hues of the early morning sky might even inspire you to paint!

2. The birds sing the loudest in the crystal clear early morning air. I wonder why they prefer this time. Have you tried calling the birds?

Don’t be surprised, we actually can call them and invite them to come close to us. Certain sounds make them curious and they may allow themselves to come in our vicinity. This video shows how to do a bird call. Doing this is FUN! :-)

3. Then walk into the woods. The toadstools make a pretty picture, don’t they?

Who knows, you might even spot an elf under them (as that poem goes...!) If not, make a nature wand like this. Wave. And, voila…!

4. Count the trees!

I’ve read that Christopher (Robin) Milne, whose father wrote the Winnie-the-Pooh story books for him had said, when he was a kid, his father would drive him down to the woods every summer for two months – “just to count the trees”! Classy example of doing nothing and just being….!

5. Climb the trees…

This old-fashioned play can never  be dated! It can keep entertaining children from one generation to another for the no-holds-barred fun, thrill and challenge that it offers. Not to mention – the connection with nature.

6. Swing from a branch

It’s primitive! It takes us back to our origins as homo sapiens! No wonder it’s thrilling!

7. Observe the tree bark; its colour, texture

8. Oh – and the hollows of the trees! Don’t forget to survey them

They are often a treasure trove for the adventure seeker. Bugs, insects, nuts, eggs – even birds – never underestimate the surprise…

9. Collect fallen leaves, admire their hues, textures, shapes…

10. Collect fallen fruits, acorns, pinecones.

Take them home and make a five senses nature tray

11. Watch the squirrels scurry up and down the tree taking their eatables along…

12. Look out for the ants. You might find them gorging on a dead moth!

13. Listen to the birds making music overhead. Can you identify them by their sound?

14. When looking up, linger a while. Can you see a beehive? A nest, may be? You never know!

Or, a ripe fruit about to fall? It’s mango season out here. I’m reminded of those days when I aimed pebbles at a plump mango hanging from that huge, shady tree in my school campus!

15. Follow the winged friends in flight

If you have a camera, try capturing this fleeting moment. It’s challenging but exciting. Their flight through the vast expanse remind how priceless is freedom…

16. Go hiking up the hills. Come down rolling!

17. Admire the birds enjoying water

18. Don’t leave in a hurry! You might get to enjoy some of their antics…

19. When you get back home, make a bird feeder to invite birds from your neighbourhood to a sumptuous lunch!

20. Slosh your feet in muddy water if it’s a rainy day.

Or simply dig up a drain in a sand pit and enjoy the glorious mess!

21. Spot the fishes wriggle and twirl so swiftly. Notice how they huddle together.

I wonder if their heads collide. Or, if there is ever a stampede under water!

22. Smell the distinct scent of the greens and the aroma of the first rain on the parched land

Our sense of smell has the power to establish memories and trigger emotions.

23. Feel the rain on your face.

You’ll be tempted to leave your mouth parted! Drink the nectar drop by drop.

24. Hear it drum on the window pane.

Tap your fingers to match its rhythm..

25. Watch the birds in the rain. Note how they sit quiet and still – their feathers doused and dripping

You might get tempted to go out of the house and get drenched. Don’t hesitate…

26. Imagine shapes in the moving clouds. You never know what you might picture!

27. Now that you’ve seen the big picture – the clouds, the rain, the trees – get up close and personal and discover the fine print! Grab a magnifying lens and poke your nose closer

Do you get snow where you live? Then, explore snowflakes and discover their fascinating structure. Look closer into the mosses and you’ll find hundreds of living creatures that look the size of predators! A magnifying lens brings nature closer in such incredible ways!

28. Observe the reflections in water – reflections of trees, clouds, moon, flying birds! Oh, and your own :-)

29. Sit by the water quietly to spot a frog or a toad.

What might it be thinking? Or, saying? Can you weave a story around it?

30. Why stop at just one frog. Go frog hunting.

Is it single? Or, in pair? – as it’s often seen during spring.

31. Sit for hours gazing at this intense mystery of nature – the ocean

Listen to the waves crashing on the shore; the sands washing away; the shells as they clang against each other and unravel the secret within their souls with a song on their lips…

32. Let the uproarious sea-wind soar your spirit

Yeah, it more than just whistles. It sings the loudest songs and makes the waves dance with sprightly passion. The sight makes my heart skip a beat. Always!

33. Notice how your shadow dances on the shore

Is it long, short, bulging, lanky, wavy?

34. The child’s impressions on the wet sand are much to be curious about!

Encourage him/her to observe how deep are they, which will tell how heavy or light are they compared to the adults’

35. Feel the waves massage your feet; the sands gliding under your feet; pulling them inward

36. When you go back home, create some music with water! Yes, it’s gallons of fun – literally!

37. But hey, Don’t leave yet. Wait for the setting sun to paint the horizon in myriad hues of red, orange, saffron, purple.

If this sight is not sheer poetry, what is? Talking about poetry, I think there must be a gazillion poems written about the ocean! And yet, it’s an enigma…

38. Look for the migrating birds in the painted sky

The geese as they set upon their journey forming a ‘V’ (for victory?) is a sight that makes me nostalgic each time. Have you seen the movie – ‘Fly Away Home’ ? It’s heartwarming!

The sea-gulls – how they make the majestic ocean look poetic and poignant!

39. I’m sure you’ve collected shells every time you’ve gone to the beach or have gathered rocks by a river side. Isn’t it so therapeutic?

Makes you go – aaah and oooh each time you find one with a unique colour, shape or texture. I can go on doing this activity day-long and into the sunset and then the very next day…

40. Next time you go to a stream, try poring through the shallow water to explore life beneath

Water weed, mosses, lichen, tadpoles, snakes – the possibilities are vast. And, intriguing

41. Water IS an enigma! And, the best mode of play. Today, give a break to the bathroom.

Instead, get a shower in the backyard or in a park – with the sprinkler. We did that. The delight your child will feel is unfathomable (see the second pic from top)!

42. Talking about a shower, having one under a waterfall can be the most exhilarating experience

Drive a little away from your city to look for one. In the rainy season, even the smallest waterfall can come alive. The chilly, breezy outburst will make you go wild with ecstasy. Every person – no matter child or adult – must experience this joyous rapture of being out there – exposed to raw and naive nature

43. Marvel at the mystery of the night sky.

Imagine the stars communicating with you as they illuminate the celestial space

44. If you have a binocular, on a clear night, the thrill of seeing a star from close quarters is beyond words!

Never mind that you can’t identify its name. Let that not bother you. Just the notion of getting close to this far away astral beauty is an ethereal experience!

45. What do you see in the moon?

As a child I often pictured a chariot driven by number of horses. Each time I fabricated a new story with the cart and the moon!

46. Listen to the sounds outside in the dark hour. You’ll notice they are distinct from the day-time sounds.

It’s also a time when you feel closer to the cosmic space. You might feel transported to one of the heavenly bodies…

47. The dark hour is also a time to use your sense of hearing to its best effect.

The birds are silent now but the insects are having a musical party. Their chorus is worth listening to – one voice at a time.

48. The next day, early morning, you might want to look for dew drops on the flowers and leaves in your backyard or in the neighborhood.

Their softness will tinkle the senses in your finger tips!

49. Nature has a great sense of colour and style! I can’t help but admire the colour matching that goes on in the natural world.

The term is camouflage but it looks fashionable, too! Keep an eye out for such colour and pattern matching games!

50. Don’t over-schedule your child. Take the time to observe and absorb

Slow down and tune up to nature’s rhythm. Rejuvenate your soul. Keep alive the child’s most precious gift – his/her sense of wonder!

This time spent together in each other’s company – in the most natural setting – also does wonders to the bond we share as a family, besides the life-long bond that we create with nature.

At # 51, I’ll leave you with these words that stirred my heart and soul!

Quoting once again from the book – ‘The Sense of Wonder’ – that I’m currently reading and loving!

“What is the value of preserving and strengthening this sense of awe and wonder, this recognition of something beyond the boundaries of the human existence?

Is the exploration of the natural world just a pleasant way to pass the golden hours of childhood or is there something deeper?

I’m sure there is something much deeper, something lasting and significant. Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”

Your thoughts? 

How do you renew your own delight?

What gives your soul infinite joy?

 

P.S. I urge you you to share this post among your family and friends circle to help create awareness about the supreme importance of nature in the lives of our children. Thank ya. I love you :-)

{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

Deborah April 25, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I love this post and I adore the pictures. It is really inspiring so thank you for putting in so much effort. It is really appreciated. Debs :)
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Rashmie April 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Debs,
Thank you for visiting, reading and taking time to comment. So glad you found the pics and writing inspiring. :-)
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Deborah April 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I am sharing this on fb by the way :) @Deborah -

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Rashmie April 30, 2012 at 9:36 am

Thank you, Deborah, for sharing on your FB page :-)
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Ana Muiña April 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Great post! I try to engage my kids with nature as much as I can. However, I’ve never thought of some of those ideas. Thank you very much for sharing. I’ll pin it.

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Rashmie April 30, 2012 at 9:37 am

Ana,
Am glad some of these ideas will be an addition to the things you already do to engage your kids in nature. Thank you for pinning :-)
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Jen April 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Beautiful..you touched on all the ways that our family loves to enjoy nature. Well done, can’t wait to share your insights with others.
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Rashmie April 30, 2012 at 9:38 am

Jen,
How wonderful that your family engages in nature in many of the ways I shared :-)
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Tricia April 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Wow, what beautiful post and so inspiring! I’m definitely sharing this on Facebook! Thanks for your thoughts and insights! I love the book The Last Child in the Woods and so agree with it’s message.

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Rashmie April 30, 2012 at 9:39 am

Thank you, Tricia, for taking the time to comment and share.
‘The Last Child in the Woods’ is revealing!
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Manish April 25, 2012 at 7:32 pm

This was awesome – like a guided tour of the nature! :) In our ever hectic day-to-day life we so much miss to appreciate all the beautiful things around us that nature has to offer. Whenever I manage to spend some time ‘with nature’ (which happens, to be honest, more while on vacations than otherwise) it brings such a soothing effect on the mind, body and the soul; it’s a very different kind of rejuvenation I feel every such time. Your thoughts here are beautiful and the pictures are lovely! :) Am glad I didn’t miss reading this one post! :)

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Rashmie April 30, 2012 at 9:43 am

Mannu,
So glad you liked reading my thoughts here! Yeah, I understand what you mean when you say connecting with nature happens only during a vacation. That’s how it is with most families. And, that’s precisely the reason why I shared how we can enjoy nature in the simplest of ways and in seemingly mundane moments and setting. All we need to do is be aware, interested and willing. :-)
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Chrissy @ The Outlaw Mom Blog April 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Wonderful photographs and stories. I would love to come visit you and Pari where you are :-) It is so true that being out in nature truly brings all of us home. Reconnecting with nature can help us reconnect with ourselves and each other and remind us of our purpose and place in life.
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Rashmie April 30, 2012 at 9:46 am

Chrissy,
We’d LOVE to have you visit us here in India :-)
You’re so right – connecting with nature helps us connect with our own selves and make us realize how we are placed in this universe – interlinked with nature’s elements rather than isolated by distance and accessibility….
Thank you so much for your wonderful comment, Chrissy :-)
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Grace April 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm

What a wonderful way to share “presence” with your children.

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Rashmie April 30, 2012 at 9:47 am

Thank you, Grace, and welcome to Mommy Labs. So glad you took the time to connect and comment :-)
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Jen Fischer April 25, 2012 at 9:22 pm

My toddler loves being outside. One of his favorite things is hearing birds and imitating them. It’s so cute!

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Rashmie April 30, 2012 at 9:49 am

Jen, that’s such a loving and adorable thing to do – listening to birds and imitating! I can pretty much visualize him/her making those sounds after birds… :-)
Thank you for being here on Mommy Labs and taking the time to comment! I really appreciate..
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Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories April 26, 2012 at 1:20 am

This is such a lovely post! And your pictures are beautiful! Soaking in and appreciating nature is very underrated.
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Rashmie April 30, 2012 at 9:51 am

Trisha – glad you like the article and the nature pictures :-)
You’re right – enjoying everyday-nature is underrated. We go looking for exotic experiences when we can enjoy the birds and the bees right in our backyard…
Thank you for being here, Trisha, and taking the time to comment :-)
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Ann April 26, 2012 at 2:24 am

Glad you are okay.
Love learning along with my kids too!
This post was such a pleasure to read through : )
Love all the pictures too – the geographical differences are interesting – the birds and different!
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Rashmie April 30, 2012 at 9:54 am

Ann, my dear – thank you for thinking about me..
glad you liked reading and enjoyed the pictures. Yes, the geographical nuances are visible in the birds, the trees, the foliage….!
Most pics are from our nature walks right where we live – in Delhi. Just a couple are from down South of India – in Kerala. And, couple of bird pics are from our last year’s trip to South Africa.
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Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum April 26, 2012 at 3:49 am

This is an amazing post – thank you so much for putting it together. I love your pictures even without being there they create awe in me.

I’ve been reading the book as well – I love it. It’s one of my goals that I want to create moments of awe and wonder with J and T, to get our daily rhythm in place and to start to notice and appreciate the rhythm of the world and get that sense of wonder at what is happening around us.
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Rashmie April 30, 2012 at 9:58 am

Thank you, Cerys, for being here :-)
So glad you liked the pictures and the post.

The book was such a reinforcement for me. I have always believed in what it says – about nurturing that sense of wonder in kids by enjoying the seemingly mundane in nature. Because, in reality, it’s not mundane at all. Even a sunrise or a sunset – that occurs everyday – has a magic about it that we can discover and marvel at.
Your thoughts about creating moments of awe for your kids are so meaningful and relevant.
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Alec Duncan @ Child's Play Music April 26, 2012 at 5:26 am

“Nature opens up opportunities for free play for children like no other medium can. And, it’s the free play or the unstructured play without adult intervention that’s the most enriching experience for children.”

Yes, Yes, Yes!!!! Your posts are always inspiring and beautifully illustrated, but this is one of your best yet.

What renews my soul and gives me delight? Paddling gently in my kayak up some secluded water way, reeds on either side, branches arching over my head, birds flitting low across the water hunting insects, frogs croaking, the sight of concentric rings appearing as some fish kisses the surface. The sense of silence, even though the air is actually full of the sounds of nature. These renew me.

Thanks for linking to my waterplay post!
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Rashmie April 30, 2012 at 10:01 am

Alec,
Your words are sheer poetry. You made the words come alive for me in my mind’s eye! What a serene and tranquil postcard you sent to me through your comment! So, thank you for that!

And, thank you for saying you loved reading this post and that it was one of my best :-)
It’s words like these from kind readers/friends such as you that keep me motivated to write and share!
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Kim @ The Educators' Spin On It April 26, 2012 at 8:38 am

What a beautiful post, thank you for sharing! You have some amazing photos! I’ve noticed since becoming a Mom I am more aware of all the little things there are in nature as I observe with my children. One quick question for you….Are you located in India? My husband’s family is from India, New Delhi, and on our next trip we plan to visit more scenic locations instead of the city. My hope is that you can inspire us to find new places to discover in India with our children.
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Rashmie April 30, 2012 at 10:24 am

Kim,
Thank you, my dear, for being here.
Yes, I’m in India – in Delhi. If I have to recommend places outside of the city, I’ll suggest these:
Around Delhi – there are some less commercial hill stations that I love. Some I’ve visited and others I’d like to – soon! McLeod Ganj in Dharamshala is a beautiful palce in the Himayalas. Also a Buddhist centre. I mentioned about it in this article: http://www.mommy-labs.com/creative-kids/art_craft_projects_kids/our-spiritual-garden-cum-nature-table-for-peace-meditation-and-creative-inspiration/

Naukuchiayatal is another secluded hill town around Delhi. You can read about it and see some pics here:
http://www.mommy-labs.com/travel_stories/reliving-the-magic-of-naukuchiatal-in-the-lap-of-the-himalayas/

And then, there’s Kerala. I’d highly recommend Alleppey in Kerala for a house boat ride on the Periyar river. You can read about Kerala here: http://www.mommy-labs.com/travel_stories/cruising-across-kerala-1st-stop-kochi/

Coorg in Karnataka (South India) is breathtaking – both in terms of nature and culture.
I wrote about it here: http://www.mommy-labs.com/travel_stories/photo-essay-a-charmer-that-was-coorg/

The North East part of India is something I’m yearning to go next. Sikkim is pristine. I also want to visit the Kaziranga National Park.

For the culture and history, Rajasthan is gorgeous. Udaipur is on my cards. My hometown Jodhpur is always close to my heart!

Kim, let me know if you need any other help when you visit India. And yes, I’d love you and your family to visit us here :-)
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Suchita April 26, 2012 at 10:59 am

Wonderful Post..great clicks though…
I am sure it would be amazing experience for my my 3YO to get so close to nature.We also call her Pari.. Being in Bangalore which is fastly becoming a concrete jungle…and convincing hubby dear to take us for nature ride every week.. would be a daunting task…But I am sure I will do it.

But yes.. I renew my delight .. by shopping (art & craft materials, books for my kiddo) and some weekend getaways.

I feel overjoyed by seeing my daughter enjoying & loving life. Though most of the time, she gets irritated when I try to get her mingle with other children. She wont do that..Very selective with her friends.
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Rashmie April 30, 2012 at 10:29 am

Suchita,
Thank you for stopping by and sharing a piece of your life with all of us at Mommy Labs :-)
Yeah, it’s not easy to go for nature walks often. And that’s the reason, I shared my thoughts and ideas on how we can enjoy nature right from our own house or backyard. An early morning waking up to watch the sunrise can be as joyous. Or, star gazing from the balcony or terrace….
We try to go for nature walks when we can. But mostly, it’s during the morning walks in the neighbourhood that I admire the trees, the nests, the birds chirping about. I think the key is to let ourselves in into the seemingly mundane and routine elements of nature. When we relook at them and connect with all our heart, everything looks new and beautiful!
Thanks you, Suchita, for connecting here :-)
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meera April 26, 2012 at 11:03 am

Lovely pictures and locale. Can u tell me where was this?

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Rashmie April 30, 2012 at 10:31 am

Meera,
Most of these pics are from our numerous nature walks right here in Delhi – in the Lodhi gardens or in Nehru Park. Just a couple are from a trip to Kerala. And two bird pics are from our trip last year to South Africa.
Infact, one picture – of the moon- is from my balcony :-)

Thank you for being here, Meera. Glad you liked the pics!
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Zahira April 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Marvellous! I enjoyed each & every bit of every thought. Thank you. Thank you so much for sharing the how-to-do-birdcalls clip. God bless!

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Rashmie April 30, 2012 at 10:33 am

Zahira,
So glad you enjoyed reading my thoughts. Thank you for taking the time to connect with me and comment here! I really appreciate…
The day I discovered how to do the bird call, I was doing it all day with Pari!
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Laura Grace Weldon April 26, 2012 at 8:28 pm

So glad to find your site. I’m sharing it with everyone!

This is a wonderful post, filled with the wonder and essential joy so often missing in today’s distracted lives. Reconnecting with nature, every day, even if only to look at the sky for a few moments or to greet the same tree with a friendly pat, helps to center us and remind us that we ourselves are nature too. Lives within walls doesn’t remove us from this connection. In all ways possible, we are one with each other and with nature, which I try to explain a bit here: http://lauragraceweldon.com/2011/03/14/we-are-one-being/

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Rashmie April 30, 2012 at 11:43 am

Laura,
So glad to have you here on Mommy Labs and connect with me.
You’ve expressed so beautifully that we are nature too.
I just hopped over to your blog to read the article – “we are one being”. I must say it touched my heart and soul. What you’ve written is how I feel these days.
Is this also what the Gaia philosophy says?
Recently I met a lady at an unconference who practices the Gaia spirituality. I attended one of her session that she called “the shakti”. I loved singing out my name as part of the meditation and connection with earth…
Will subscribe to your blog as I’m finding myself inclined to such thoughts and philosophies….
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Srishti April 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm

To me, this is till date, by far one of your best post! It touched my heart and soul. I felt going through those experiences through your words :). Just loved it. Thanks for sharing these priceless ideas.
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Rashmie @ Mommy Labs April 30, 2012 at 11:47 am

Srishti,
So glad you loved reading my thoughts on nature and kids. Thank you for saying it’s one of my best posts till date! Feeling so stoked right now!

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Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree April 27, 2012 at 8:56 am

A very beautiful post. I hope it inspires many. I love the early morning idea…we need to do that soon.
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Rashmie @ Mommy Labs April 30, 2012 at 11:50 am

Thanks, Melissa, for being here. Glad you found this article on nature inspiring.
Yeah, the early morning waking-up to go bird spotting is so rejuvenating. You MUST do this with your daughter :-)
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maggy, red ted art May 2, 2012 at 2:31 am

This really is a gorgeous and wonderfully inspirational post! Makes me want to go out there and reexplore everything around us… the simplest tree transforms. Thank you.

Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

Maggy & Alissa
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Rashmie May 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Thanks, Maggy! I’m glad this article makes you want to go back and re-explore nature around you…
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Ashu May 2, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Rashmie…excellent post and list you mentioned are great one,with the such engrossng pic,in between i found myself in the middle of nature,enjoying nature clicks.

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Rashmie May 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Thanks, Ashu. So happy you like the thoughts and the pictures!
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Bindu May 3, 2012 at 12:50 am

loved this post,Rashmie!
Brilliant pics!
love the one of Pari being lifted on to the tree!

Seeing all the pics I am missing all the greenery back home.We’re melting here in the summer heat :( lol…

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Rashmie May 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Bindu,
Thank you for being here and for your lovely comment.
Oh…so sorry that summers, where you live, are scorching…
I hope you can find some ways to bring nature indoors. How about some indoor potted plants, a small fountain, may be even a mud pie kitchen in your balcony. You can shade your balcony with something?
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Sejal May 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Hi Rashmie,
Wonderful! The combination of photography and writing both of your passion is just amazing…I’m learning from you. Nature is playing important role in our homeschooling , always inspiring one and other way.

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Rashmie May 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Sejal,
Thank you so much for being here and connecting with this lovely comment.
Yeah, writing and photography are very close to my heart and bring me much peace and self reflection.

I’m glad you’re incorporating nature in your homeschooling one or the other way. It’ll make your days lively and rejuvenating.
I hope to see you here more often, Sejal. You’re a lovely person and friend :-)
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Rajani May 7, 2012 at 5:07 am

Hello Rashmi,
have been reading ur blog posts ever since u started posting a link on FB – The above blog is a great one (so r other ) – u must think of making it a coffee table ‘mini’ book :) Have u thought of self publishing it as a book so more people could read it? After reading this I thought u might have read abt VASILY SUKHOMLINSKY – in his book To children, I give my heart he has detailed what you have written above on how being in nature doing various things (50 seems like a good minimum number :) ) with a loving , curious, sensitive adult is the most required thing for children before they step into formal schooling- observing, working etc. Let me know if u need a copy its freely available in PDF format blogged by a homeschooler

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Sejal May 11, 2012 at 3:59 am

Rashmie,

you can find link to Vasily’s book on my post.

http://sejal-vidyarth.blogspot.in/2008/08/nature.html
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