An important aspect of hygge is being outdoors and enjoying nature. For every hygge challenge that I do, I make sure to include outdoor activities.
This morning I randomly selected this folded slip of paper:
Go on a Nature Walk and Collect Treasures
Walking in Nature
I selected the river path, in Wildcat Park south of Joplin, as my destination late this afternoon. A stroll along the river, on this warm day, was inviting even if it wasn’t any cooler by the water. Hearing the gurgle of the river as I walked was soothing and grounding.
I carried a canvas bag, brought home from Edinburgh, Scotland, to collect treasures in. I was open to finding seeds, nuts, leaves, twigs, rocks and feathers.
Instead of bagging them, I collected treasures through my iPhone camera.
In spite of the heat, there were hints of fall evident. Leaves littered the path, grasses waved their tassels, and acorn pieces were scattered in the grass. The squirrels were busy feasting and gathering.
The river was one of my companions as I walked. Greg was the other.
Wildflowers are still in bloom.
These Canadian geese have not headed south yet.
The sunbathing turtle proved skittish, but this water snake continued to bask in the sun. He’s non poisonous.
The trees along the path were festooned with delicate webs. Fat brown spiders patiently waited.
This huge old sycamore tree stood as a sentinel at the head of the path.
Leaving Nature Where It Is
By the end of my nature walk I had placed two treasures in my canvas bag…a nut and a small odd piece of metal that was half buried in the ground. Greg pried it loose for me. I fancied the rectangle of metal and I convinced myself that I likely prevented someone from tripping over it.
Instead of carting items home, I chose to leave nature where it was, outdoors, so that others could appreciate its beauty. I have my photos.
Day 2 of the 7 day fall hygge challenge is finished. I am enriched by the stroll through nature and by the treasures I collected in my heart.