"Shinrin Yokin" is the Japanese term meaning "Forest Bathing". Isn't that perfect?!! Now when I go out into nature, I tell my friends I am going "forest bathing". The Japanese have done studies showing that even 20 minutes in the forest reduces stress hormone levels, has a positive impact on one's immune system and slows respiration and heart rate. In other words, forest bathing is GOOD FOR YOU!!! I knew this long before I ever read these studies. "Shinrin Yokin"...what wonderful medicine!
This beautiful forest path was captured at Tow Hill on Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands). I feel very fortunate to have been able to experience this magical place.
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All of my memories from childhood are about the LIGHT, how it glowed softly pink and orange on the horizon as I sat on the front step on a warm, still evening...
how golden it was in the early morning as I tiptoed out to the apple tree beneath my bedroom window...
how blinding and stark it was on a mid summer's afternoon as the sun hung high overhead.
To this day my heart is full to overflowing when I think of the beauty of this planet...this jewel we call "earth".
If I can portray even a small fraction of this beauty with my photos, if I can portray even a small fraction of the joy this beauty brings me, I will be pleased.
To quote one of my favorite poets, Mary Oliver:
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