This summer I have been taking long leisurely walks as I am sure, many of you have been. I have put on my sunscreen, grabbed my phone and water and headed out the door just as I have dozens of times in summers past. But this summer I have noticed something a little different about my time out-of-doors. All around me nature is inviting me to take a closer look. Animals and creatures are inviting me to play. Maybe they notice I have more time for them. Maybe they know that I want to be invited in for a closer connection.
So far I have had a lizard drop in my lap, a dragonfly play tag, a bunny stop for a nibble, a caterpillar show me how to hang in, a spider check me over and a grasshopper hang out with me.
The plants and trees have been beckoning with zig-zags, swirls, splotches, and slashes, pulling me in.
This is what I have found when I was up close with nature.
Next time you go for a walk take a closer look. See what patterns,…