Nature Seekers #2

Calshot Beach
Calshot Beach

I took a walk along local Calshot beach one evening this week. Some weeks it’s hard to grab some time to yourself, this week has been one of them. It’s easy to say ‘I’ve no time” to do something, especially something that appears to be as low priority as ‘going for a walk on your own’. Making the effort and juggling things about to get your self some quiet time is so rewarding though. 

Calshot Beach
Calshot Beach

I was so overjoyed by the response to Nature Seekers, when I started it last week, thank you to everyone who took time to email and offer help and to get involved. Over the next couple of evenings I’ll be emailing everyone back, apologies for not doing so sooner, Summer holidays and the family time that involves means I’ve not had the time I usually do to keep on top of things online.

Calshot Beach
Calshot Beach
Calshot Beach
Calshot Beach

One recurring theme that came up from people was how people suffering from depression have found being outdoors beneficial. Many moons ago, when post-natal depression struck, one of the first things my GP advised was exercise, ‘exercise helps depression’ I was told. I thought about this as I ambled along the beach this week, back at the time I remember thinking how exercise was the last thing I felt like doing, exercise required a level of motivation that frankly depression didn’t allow. In hindsight though I had been blinkered in my preconceptions of exercise. Exercise doesn’t have to be a sweaty, publicly humiliating lycra-clad affair – it could have been as simple as taking myself outside into nature and just walking.

Clover
Clover

There’s a lot to be said for clearing your mind on a walk. The times you feel the most stressed out and doubt that you’ll be able to stop worrying are often the times that you’ll appreciate it the most. Walk along with a friend or family and you’ll be chatting away but walk alone and there’s no one, just you and instead of talking you look, look and see things that you might not have noticed had you been deep in conversation.

Clover
Clover

You start to look more closely at things and see just how beautiful they really are. Then days later you are in the car starting out of the passenger window and you start to notice the colours of the leaves on the trees more. It might sound a bit daft, but we see things everyday as we travel about getting on with life, trees, fields, nature but do we look, do we really take time to stop and look?

Calshot Beach
Calshot Beach
Calshot Beach
Calshot Beach

The more you take yourself off and walk in nature, the more you appreciate it and over time the happier that makes you feel. Over the past year I’ve spent more and more time outdoors, taking more and more photos and really stopping to look at things, making an effort to not only look at but to look for. As a result I’ve found that my photography has improved, not just because I’ve practiced more but because I’m happier for being outdoors and I’m trying to share a love of mine with people who might see the photos or read the words.

Calshot Beach
Calshot Beach

It’s inner peace, it’s watching without participating, it’s seeing other people just enjoying being outdoors too – it’s opening your eyes to just how bloody beautiful the world is to be in.

Calshot Beach, beach huts
Calshot Beach, beach huts
Sailing boats at Calshot
Sailing boats at Calshot

About Nature Seekers

The Nature Seekers series is a collection of photos, experiences and words of being outdoors, actively seeking time with nature. It’s a small and focused series and I’d love for anyone who feels passionately about spending time outdoors or who is moved to try it, to get in touch to be featured here. Your photos, words, thoughts, experiences, memories – anything that involves you and nature.This is purely a series about adults and nature, this isn’t about time enjoyed with your child outdoors, this is time enjoyed just by you. It’s a stepping back from a busy lifestyle, from time online and reconnecting with nature, clearing your mindspace and how that enhances your life.

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  • oh how I love this, this is just my thing….. at the weekend, I took a walk into the city centre, it felt like the first time I’d been out on my own in weeks (probably the length of the school holidays). It was great to stride out at a my pace, to take in the details of pots in gardens, the colour of front doors. I really rate getting out in nature, it really is good for the soul, but even an urban walk, just for the sake of going for a walk is good for the soul.
    ps. I went to some fabulous gardens down your way this weekend.

  • You are so right. Just a couple of hours on the beach this weekend, feeling the air on my face, made all the difference to my mood. I’m looking forward to my half marathon training because it will force me to be outdoors – whatever the weather – and that kind of exercise will definitely help with everything!

  • What absolutely stunningly beautiful photos Annie- some of my favourite photos of yours ever. What a great idea for a series too.

  • Can’t beat time spent in the great outdoors & this weekend we’ve been at a regatta with our daughters. Always feel better for fresh air… whatever the weather! This is such a fabulous idea for a series & I look forward to reading more posts.

  • The outside and fresh air certainly make a difference to my moods, I really notice on days I don’t go out I am very on edge and snappy. Lovely photos as always! x

    • I notice it when I with the children too, like this morning when they were bickering, we are all on edge and snappy and I forced then out for an impromptu walk somewhere we’d not been before and within 10 minutes we were all smiling!

  • Awesome Annie. Being outdoors is just the best thing ever, I love it. Would just like a lottery wine so I can do it more often! Brain cells somewhat fried after a v long day so will have a read of the first post. So behind at the moment x