Try as I might to limit my exposure to too much negativity, on most days I’m a dedicated news junkie. However, sometimes all the buzz and spin become so overwhelming that I have to unplug for a few days. Such was the situation this past week.
I’ve been visiting long-time friends in Seattle for the past two weeks and I managed to escape the city for some much needed serenity in the Pacific Northwest’s great outdoors.
I had two experiences that I’m featuring here in video format. In the first, I was lectured by a Douglas Squirrel as he peered down at me from above. In the other, I was transported to a serene world where the only sound was rushing water tumbling over smooth rocks created millions of years ago.
Ahhh, the healing power of nature!
The Squirrel Lecture
I watched this Douglas squirrel (native to the Pacific NW) each day while staying in a friend’s cabin overlooking Puget Sound. It was an inquisitive creature and enjoyed nibbling on its forest treats while sitting on an electric cable that ran from the cabin to the Douglas fir tree where it lived. One day while i was enjoying my breakfast on the cabin’s porch, the squirrel decided to launch into a speech on what I suspected were its reflections on the human habitation of a cabin so close to its own territory. While I tried to reason with it by telling the squirrel I was just a visitor to its world, it didn’t take my intrusion lightly and continued the lecture for a full 5 minutes, although I’ve edited the video to just 1 minute.
Ever since I was a child I’ve been drawn to water. I suppose it’s partly a shared primal instinct we humans have retained from our own wet evolutionary past. The dazzling lighting effects created as the sun dances on the water’s surface are mesmerizing. At the same time, the sounds of crashing sea waves or a stream rushing over rocks delight my soul in a different but equally fulfilling way.
This was a good winter for snow-pack in the Cascade Range west of Seattle which means this beautiful mountain range is living up to its name. The spring thaw is now supplying abundant melt-water that’s producing some spectacular waterfalls. This video was made at Deception Falls near Steven’s Pass on US Highway 2 in Washington State.