There’s been a breakthrough in high definition — beyond Blu-Ray — and with a screen larger than the imagination’s capacity to take it all in. To really experience nature, skip all the new technology and head outside.
There’s been a breakthrough in high definition — beyond Blu-Ray — and with a screen larger than the imagination’s capacity to take it all in.
And it’s technology that’s been available all along.
To really experience nature, put down the Wii controller, turn off the plasma screen television, leave the iPod in the glove compartment and head outside.
To get the full effect, one just has to get outdoors and explore.
The good news is the technology that’s been around longer than people have been walking the Earth is pretty inexpensive.
The biggest cost might be in time. Walking sticks carved to fit the hand just so are extra.
It does take longer to hike and bike to a destination than to Google it. But there are some facets of the outdoors that aren’t available in any format except the original.
Take some time to sit by a stream. Watch the flycatchers catch emerging insects on the wing.
Listen to the frogs on a spring evening. Far enough from town, one can see a mind-boggling array of stars.
Hike through the woods in winter. Listen quietly for birds and pay attention to how the forest can seem deserted one minute, and teeming with birds the next.
Find animal tracks in the snow. They record the previous night’s comings and goings sort of like nature’s own Facebook party album. Of course, people weren’t invited.
Watch eagles fish. Imagine catching fish by hand in freezing water and gain new respect for them.
Marvel at nature’s artistry. See how bare Sycamore branches stand out against the landscape in spring.
Listen as Canada geese fly overhead. Hear the air rushing though their wings and try to discern all the ways they communicate with one another.
Make a New Year’s resolution to experience the outdoors in a new way. Learn the birds and their calls. Tie your own flies. Let a friend pick the destination. Learn to call in a turkey.
There aren’t enough shelves at the biggest big box store to hold all of the possible adventures.
Discover the virtual world can’t hold an old-fashioned candle to the real thing.
And take a kid along for the journey.