The beauty of nature – especially when it’s odd

We had a lovely mini-hike yesterday where we went to the nature reserve of Skrylle. There’s a certain charm about the rugged, winter landscape here in Sweden. The silhouette of naked trees against a white sky makes for a cold and dead impression, but the faint rippling of a nearby stream still breathes life into the surroundings.

Niles had a great time getting himself very muddy as he ran along the trail.

I wouldn’t go as far as calling myself an “outdoorsy” person. I’m far too comfortable at home on my couch to be able to uphold such a title – but I do appreciate nature whenever I get the chance to visit it. There are so many peculiar things about nature that really inspires me. It could be an oddly shaped tree or a cute little mushroom growing all by itself in a meadow. Contrary to what science often tells us, there are no rules in nature. It does whatever it feels like doing, even if, sometimes, that doesn’t always make sense.

Humans are so obsessed with rules, and truthfully, I’m no different. We like things to make sense. It’s satisfying to know how things work and to be able to detect a pattern. I suppose that’s why I find the strange decisions nature makes to be so interesting. They surprise me, but in a good way (because I generally don’t like surprises). The next time you visit nature, have a look around for some odd things – I’m sure you’ll find many. Take a moment to appreciate it, because, after all, lucky are those who can see beauty in their surroundings.

Why don’t we end with a lovely little quote from Jane Austen:

A mind lively and at ease, can do with seeing nothing, and sees nothing that does not answer.

One thought on “The beauty of nature – especially when it’s odd

  1. “There are no rules in nature. It does whatever it feels like doing, even if, sometimes, that doesn’t always make sense”. Life isn’t measured by the breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away. I like the pic of Niles out in the open. He looks happy. I live next to an ocean beach. Never a day goes by something unusual doesn’t wash ashore. Old ships, things dropped off boats, a ton of seashells. Found some pearls in Oysters. The water here turns blue in summer. For now…dead of winter. Bare trees, brown grass, and a cool chill from the north…although it’s warmer today for January. Love your outlook on nature. Even when the outdoors is asleep, we still get a few surprises. God bless Sweden. Stay warm, be safe 🙂

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