NATURE IS CALLING, WILL YOU ANSWER
There are many proven health benefits to spending time in nature. It has also been proven that just looking at images of nature can provide multiple health benefits including: reducing depression, speed healing, improve your immune system, prevent dementia, improve your mood, and increase happiness. We try to conclude each newsletter with a short video of a natural scene. Hopefully the videos will provide you with some of the benefits listed above.
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As you watch our video, try to consider the perspective of something in nature other than yourself. The video has many different visual perspectives and time distorted video. The insects are filmed at high shutter speeds and then slowed down for viewing. Consider how time feels to different organisms or if they even consider time.
Most people look at everything in nature with an "anthropocentric" perspective. An example of this paradigm could be the subject of intelligence in nature. If an organism has "intelligence" then it must have a brain...right? Humans are the most intelligent creatures and they have a brain, therefore...That statement is wholly FALSE! There are many examples of intelligence in organisms that don't have "brains". Slime molds are an excellent example.
Another skewed perspective humans tend to place upon nature is time, gauged by an average human lifespan. One hundred years may seem like a long time to a child. A Mayfly lives only 24 hours while there are trees that have lived over 5,000 years. How would you view the world differently if you were going to live for 2,000 years?
Being a naturalist often requires imagining and considering life from the perspective of the organism that you are studying. Why? There are many reasons. You may want to know why that organism behaves in a certain way. Why do birds and fish migrate? Why do plants grow only in certain habitats? Why do some mushrooms grow in fairy rings? Why? Why? Why? What if you were water? What does Lavender nectar taste like to a Bumblebee? What would it be like to be a bird in a snowstorm? Nature is full of enchanting magic. Enjoy it!