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One of the things I love most about nature is that whether or not we notice it, it’s all around us. Even in some of the largest metropolitan areas, where concrete and machines dominate the landscape, nature lingers around the edges.
Tree roots break through sidewalks, reminding us of their rightful place. Birds shout from above, perched on high branches. And people (yes, we are part of nature too), make their homes in small spaces.
As I walked through the city, I noticed rectangular patches of vibrant green beneath the trees along the busy street. But as I got closer, I realized it wasn’t “grass” after all. It was artificial turf.
My excitement dwindled.
I began to think about the plants that might have been there before the concrete was poured over its roots, blocking out the sunlight. I also wondered what kind of animals lived there–and where they are now.
As I sit writing this, I’m looking out my window at my own lush, green back yard. I see it everyday, and yet somehow today it looks different. I appreciate it more.
Noticing nature helps me care for the environment…my environment (the one that I share with all of you) more effectively.
What did you notice outside today?