What do I love about long walks? There’s no way of knowing what you’d come across along the way. And if you keep your eyes peeled, nature can put on quite a show. I guess, that’s where we learned what ‘ornate‘ means.
We’d walked for hours in the secluded forests of Nameri National Park. And although, our guide and couple of other nature enthusiasts were all we had for company – we knew the forest hid more than it showed. We’d hear more than we could see. Occasionally, we’d be lucky to chance upon something that moved.
In Japan, nature and concrete roads co-exist beautifully. After covering a long day exploring Tokyo, I wanted to call it a day. And then, we came across this flaming red tree. OK. So it wasn’t exactly burning. But, in the evening light of the sun, every leaf looked as if it had been set on fire.
I don’t endorse zoos. After spending a couple of hours exploring the cathedral, my nephew needed something to keep him going. And that’s how we ended exploring the local zoo. I was pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of wildlife. After which, I didn’t mind the walk as much.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. … There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
—Rachel Carson, Silent Spring