Sunday, April 30, 2017

Grateful for Nature's Beauty

Day 30: Thirty Days of Gratitude for Our Earth

I am so very grateful for the shear beauty of nature. This Earth has exquisitely beautiful landscapes, mountain ranges, waterways, open vistas, foliage, skies, and lifeforms.

I see so much splendor in the world around me. I see it in the silhouettes formed by hills and trees. I see it in the eyes of the people I meet. I see it in the whale as it leaps towards the sky. I see it in the Spring blossom as it awakes from it's winter cocoon and in the branches of a tree dancing with the wind.

There is always something in nature for me to ooh and ah about. It is a wondrous feast for my eyes. These natural delights are eye candy for my soul and a constant reminder or how good it is to be alive.

 "This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls."
—John Muir

"Nature's beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude."
—Louie Schwartzberg

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Grateful for Jungles

Day 29: Thirty Days of Gratitude for Our Earth

A jungle's dense vegetation is diverse, rich, and lush. Because of the abundance of plants and trees, jungles provide the planet with water through a high level of rainfall. They produce oxygen for the survival of all living things and absorb carbon dioxide. In essence, they help regulate the Earth's climate.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Grateful for a Pastoral Landscape

Day 28: Thirty Days of Gratitude for Our Earth

There are many many exquisite places on Earth that take our breath away. They wow us and energize us.

But then there are those that are magnificent in an entirely different way. These peaceful settings are beautiful as well but fill us with a sense of calm. When standing before an expansive and pastoral landscape it feels as if we become one with our natural surroundings.

It is a "sense of place" that's so very comforting, invoking a feeling of belonging and timelessness.

During our trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, I experienced just such a place. We were hiking at the Pololu Valley on the north coast of the island. Suddenly, an unexpected vista drew me in and touched my soul. I have carried that moment with me ever since.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Grateful for the Oceans

Day 27: Thirty Days of Gratitude for Our Earth

Besides the exquisite beauty of the oceans, their depth and expansiveness is truly amazing. The oceans cover approximately 71% of the Earth's surface.

I know I already shared a post of gratitude for walks on the beach and love of having sand between my toes. I also focused on gratitude for the powerful crashing of the waves. Today I want to highlight the oceans themselves. 

The flow of ocean currents move warm and cold water to different parts of the planet, effecting climate and weather conditions. Currents help cool off hotter parts of the planet and add warmth to areas that would be uncomfortably cold. Without the benefit of this process of regulating planetary temperatures, there would be more areas with intense climates, difficult for humans to live.

Did you know...
  • the average depth of the oceans is about 14,000 feet, equal to 40 football field.
  • ocean plants provide half the oxygen in the atmosphere.
  • the kelp forests grow up to 18 inches a day.
  • about 95% of the oceans remain unexplored.
  • 94% of life on Earth is in the sea.
"We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came." ~ John F. Kennedy

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Grateful for Photosynthesis

Day 26: Thirty Days of Gratitude for Our Earth

Photosynthesis is a wonder of nature and a miraculous process. Plants use the energy of the sun to make their own food for survival. And in the process, a livable balance is created between the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, so we can breath the air.

We need oxygen for survival and it's due to photosynthesis that oxygen exists in the atmosphere. Also, we can thank photosynthesis for reducing high levels of carbon dioxide along with harmful waste products that tend to cause respiratory difficulties.

So, we can say that plants and the process of photosynthesis is responsible for providing the primary source of life to all animals and humans.

To learn more about photosynthesis, click here.

Grateful for Walk in the Woods

Day 25: Thirty Days of Gratitude for Our Earth

Hiking in the woods is one of the greatest activities. It's a perfect way to commune with nature. There's a sense of peace that can be found when surrounded by trees.

A walk in the woods is a feast for the senses. It's a beautiful environment in which to find an inner quiet while taking in the sights and sounds of the forest.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Grateful for Crashing Waves

Day 24: Thirty Days of Gratitude for Our Earth

What can I say? I love the thrill of seeing the crashing of a large wave. And the best part is knowing that, with just a bit of patience, you are likely to see another one within a few minutes.

The combination of the sound of the crash, the ground seeming to vibrate under foot, the visual of the turbulent sea, and the feel of the salt water spray on your skin make it a dramatic experience to witness.