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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Subtle Adirondack Spring

One obvious allure of this Adirondack lifestyle is the natural visual beauty of the outdoors. That is, it is easier to look on the bright side of life when it surrounds you. The natural beauty of the Adirondacks has brightened many otherwise gray moments, and studies have shown the important therapeutic and healing effect of spending time in nature. I think that healing power is addictive, and alluring. It explains why, even in the middle of very busy and hectic lives, many people who live in the Adirondacks stop and go for a ski, a run or a walk in the woods.
It is the reason I stopped all work on a very busy spring day last week and took a walk around the homestead property with my camera. The day started rainy and gray, which made working inside a tad more tolerable. But when a brisk breeze blew away the clouds to reveal a sparkling, Adirondack blue sky, it was over for the chores.
Fortunately, springtime in the Adirondacks is best experienced up close. Instead of winter's impressive snow-capped mountain vistas, in the spring, one notices the smaller or more subtle things that make the Adirondacks so special. I say fortunately, because the lure of seeing something special and beautiful is another good reason (excuse?) to take the daily dose of outdoor medicine, and go outside and play.
Today's featured photo of Adirondack springtime moss courtesy of Joann Sandone Reed.


Anonymous Jess/Towns and Trails said...

I did the same thing a couple of weeks ago. It was gray and rainy, but then the sun peeked out and everything just popped. I grabbed my camera and wandered around for a while taking pictures of every interesting little thing. It is very good therapy.

4/11/2010 11:51 AM  
Blogger Mary Anne Gruen said...

I've been rushing to do my early spring work outside before the black flies move in. It was a great week last week although there were lots of gray parts. The daffs have started blooming down here near Warrensburg.

I've given you an award over at my blog. Don't worry about doing the whole award thing. It's mostly a shout out for your blog.

4/11/2010 3:20 PM  

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