WALK THIS WAY
Free City Walks around Seattle

Come walk with us. We are leading free fun and interesting urban nature walks in the greater Seattle area.

Our next walk is on July 9, 2017. We are busy designing it right now and will announce all of the fun details here soon! 

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Eleven signs of spring in the Pacific Northwest

Spring Azure Butterfly.© 2017 Curt Given/Given Photography  

  1. Earlier dawns
  2. Budding trees, despite the iffy weather
  3. Flocks of birds flying overhead
  4. Croaking frogs
  5. Appearance of butterflies and other insects
  6. Sun tracking higher in the sky
  7. Blooming wild daffodils
  8. Birds singing and displaying mating behavior
  9. Warmer sunshine
  10. Hummingbirds are back
  11. Baby plants poking their heads out of the ground

A Sweet Little Guide to Nature Me For You

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A Simple Way to FEEL MORE JOY in your life

© Cary Given/Given Photography 2016

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Journal Archive
Wednesday
Feb032016

One darn good reason to get up early!

Yellowstone River, © Curt Given/ Given Photography 2016Sometimes it's good to get up early. But given the choice for most of us, the soft sheets, warm cozy blankets and lull of sleep make it way more appealing to stay under the covers. And if it's still dark outside when your alarm goes off...it's even more challenging to get out of bed.

Here's one good reason to get up early...the SUNRISE.

I know and you know that sunrises are beautiful and profound. We've witnessed and heard about their beauty throughout our lives. There is a reason for that. No matter how often you witness a sunrise your day will begin on a beautiful, energized, blissful note.

The colors are awe-inspiring. Pink tinged clouds, golden rays, orange-red horizon. Often times it looks like a magical scene from a fairytale.

The benefits are many...you will have a remarkable start to your day, you will feel like you've undertaken a great feat before your day even starts and you may gain a little insight about some of those nagging thoughts.

Plan ahead and make it a morning date for yourself. Scout out the best locations, check local media sites or go to http://www.sunrisesunset.com to find the sunrise time in your area. Take your breakfast and a cup of tea or coffee with you to sip while you watch.

Even if you can't get to a place where you can see the actual sunrise, you can watch the night sky turn to dawn. It's awe-inspiring, too...the mysterious dusky blue light that transcends night into day.    

We would love to hear from you. Have you watched a sunrise lately? Do you have a notable memory of one in particular? Do sunrises inspire you? What other experiences in nature inspire you? 

We can all use a little early morning inspiration so please do me a favor and share with the button below. 

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Reader Comments (2)

Dusk is always my favorite part of the day. We have some absolutely breathtaking sunsets here in Cathlamet, on the beautiful Columbia River! I am going to try a sunrise....someday soon.

February 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Hi Beth, I love sunsets, too and you do live in a special part of Washington state with that westerly view of the Columbia. This is a great time of year to watch a sunrise in the northern hemisphere because it's rising late...around 7:20 am. Thanks for sharing sweet sister!!

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