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Seen around town: a bird’s eye view of the Stanley Park seawall this past weekend. The seawall is grade separated with lanes for folks on bikes and foot.

Seen around town: a bird’s eye view of the Stanley Park seawall this past weekend. The seawall is grade separated with lanes for folks on bikes and foot.

Earlier in the summer we hiked the Ripple Rock Trail near Campbell River on Vancouver Island. It’s a short, 3-hour hike that ends on a rocky bluff overlooking Seymour Narrows. In 1958, it was the site of the largest non-nuclear human generated explosion of all time. It’s a beautiful place to eat a sandwich, feel the breeze, and watch birds of prey flying overhead. We were lucky enough to see a pod of transient orcas swimming up the Narrows while we were there.

Some morning light in a great little park on the other side of the Laurel Street overpass here in Vancouver.

A big ol’ drop of water on a hosta leaf. It rained a lot yesterday.

A big ol’ drop of water on a hosta leaf. It rained a lot yesterday.

First sighting of cherry blossoms this year! C’mon Spring, show me what you got!

First sighting of cherry blossoms this year! C’mon Spring, show me what you got!

Some early glimpses of #Spring here in Vancouver, Canada

We spend 90 percent of our time indoors and five percent in our cars. Yet human beings evolved in nature, and for that simple reason nature is important to us. And there are a lot of ways in which being in nature and viewing nature can be beneficial. From the global to the domestic, nature is fundamental to our health.

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Trevor Hancock, senior scholar at the University of Victoria’s school of public health and social policy, quoted in the article, 'Soaking up nature may help cure what ails you'.  

(Photo credit: NRDC)

Here’s a pic of some water laden Old Man’s Beard (‘Usnea’) in Vancouver Island’s Pacific temperate rainforest. The Sucwoa River is out of focus in the background. I was up in the area in early August to go kayaking in Nootka Sound. The place is teeming with life.

Here’s a pic of some water laden Old Man’s Beard (‘Usnea’) in Vancouver Island’s Pacific temperate rainforest. The Sucwoa River is out of focus in the background. I was up in the area in early August to go kayaking in Nootka Sound. The place is teeming with life.