La nature au
Selon le naturaliste John Brownlie, plusieurs faussent leur
appréciation de la nature en cherchant du spectaculaire. Ce qui en résulte : on
oublie dapprécier la nature tel quel.
Les randonnées en nature sont tellement plus enrichissantes, assure-t-il, quand on
prend le temps de sattarder aux petits détails, de respirer les parfums de la
forêt, de sintéresser à ce qui se trouve autour de soi. Il est important que le
promeneur ne sattende pas à voir un ours, un orignal, un arbre gigantesque, ainsi
de suite ; cest ainsi que la nature paraît banale. Autrement dit, la nature ne
reçoit aucun ordre et nest pas là pour répondre aux caprices du promeneur.
Parole de naturaliste, la nature ne se révèle pas sur commande ; elle se livre
tel quel. Cest comme ça quelle est belle, cest comme ça quil
faut apprendre à laimer.
of the Ordinary
o experience nature more fully you have only to stop searching for
the spectacular. Stop trying to make something happen to you. Relax and nature will
surround and envelop you with wonderful things.
So often, visitors to wild places want too much: to see a moose, to meet a bear, to see
the biggest tree or the deepest valley. These things do not bring us closer to nature
because they are most often outside of ourselves.
(photo: Jimmy Brown)
Visitors need to allow nature to enter into us, become a part of us, overlap with our
soul. To do this, simply refuse to go out searching for the big bear, the giant tree, the
fastest animal on earth. And this is a daily choice to relax, slow down and accept what
comes to you.
I learned this for myself when I was out with my camera racing along a trail to get a
photo of the biggest maple tree I could find. I zipped by a clearing in the woods.
"No big maples here!" But as I pressed onwards, a tug on my memory slowed me
down enough to make me stop and look back. Yes, this was the place where last year, with a
friend, we had stopped to watch butterflies sipping nectar from these flowers. We became
butterflies ourselves and visited several blossoms, breathing in deeply the wonderful
scent. Then we sat down and listened to the buzzing of bumbles at the flowers, feeling the
warmth of the morning sun on our faces. A couple of birds flew in and a snowshoe hare
hopped along, choosing certain herbs to munch on. In the distance, fog drifted along the
shore, slowly changing the shape of the land. It felt so good to be there, a part of that
landscape, a part of nature.
My memory had pulled me back into this clearing. I realized that while chasing after
the biggest old maple tree I could find, I felt hurried, impatient, unsatisfied,
frustrated in not yet finding the tree of my dreams. Now, I consciously gave up my tree
quest. I sat down, relaxed, and as before, opened up my awareness to let nature surround
me again. It was wonderful.
So to experience nature more fully, consciously decide to forget about your
preconceived ideas of what you want from nature. Forget about the quest for the
spectacular. Forget about the biggest, fastest, most impressive thing. Then, as you walk
along, slowly let nature tug at you. Let the soft lichens hanging down from that branch
brush against your cheek. Sit in a patch of sunlight and listen to a buzzing insect who is
also warming up in the morning sunlight. Rather than search with piercing eyes, gaze with
adoring looks and let nature draw you to her.
(photo: Jimmy Brown)
Once you get the feel of it, it's very simple and easy to let go of being hurried,
anxious, impatient--and just be accepting of the wonderful nature around you.
And the more often you do this, the greater your memory bank becomes of pleasant times
and feelings in nature. And these memories make it easier for you to be willing to give up
the quest for the spectacular and truly be in the presence of the ordinary.