'I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out 'til sundown, for going out, I found was really going in.' John Muir

I've seen the top of Everest (from a long way off), smelled the breath of a whale (from way too close) and lived on a boat in Greece (for a few years), but I continue to experience some of my most precious moments right outside my backdoor.

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#30 Days Wild

Day 9 of the Wildlife Trusts Challenge to do something wild each day in June

The Healing Power of Nature

Today, for various reasons I was a bit stressed and couldn't get out. Then I remembered Springwatch Live. I sat and watched the redshank nest.  I listened to the soft breeze rustling the grasses, the gentle piping of the adult bird and the lively chatter of the chicks. I watched them fidget under the adult, then wobble off a short distance from the nest on their ridiculously long legs, with the adult piping all the time. 

After a very short time I felt my heart beat slow, my toes un-clench and my shoulders drop. 

Thanks Springwatch Live.

My TV screen, Live Redshank pictures, helping me to de-stress

Day 10

As I was hanging the washing out, I noticed this beetle in the pond. Perhaps it didn't need rescuing, it seemed to be swimming along OK, but I put in an iris leaf and it climbed on and then wandered off along the decking. 

I looked it up later and I think it's called a mint leaf beetle.  I do have a lot of mint nearby. It was a fabulous iridescent blue/green/purple and I enjoyed the few moments I spent crouching down watching its twitching antennae and the way its tiny legs moved along the leaf, before I went back to my washing.

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