Have I learned to love nature?
Sunday, August 24, 2014
I've always loved to travel but my goals have been to go to cities to see art museums, architecture, concerts, and pay tribute to the great minds of the past.
This time I chose nature.
And I loved it! Just staring at the contrast between the deep green or blue fjords and the mountains towering above was enough for me. We stopped at a reindeer crossing and waited for them to pass (my camera just got a blur of action). We were issued a polar bear warning --- although the chances of seeing them were slim. And I wondered and reflected upon the gradual erasure of the ice caps and how global warming has become a reality.
I think I love nature. Typically I thought that nature was best in the form of art work, poetry, or music (Sending a big wave to Edvard Grieg). But this time, unmediated by art, I loved nature.
The good thing is that I am very well-motivated to try to keep my body in good shape so that I can go out and love nature again someplace. Norway has its grandeur, but even a simple flower in Ohio can be something to cherish.