Tag Archives: Nature

5/19 Saturday Quote


Image result for judith thurman

Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.

~ Judith Thurman

Advertisements

Incline Hill Philosophy


20180511_183538[1]

20180511_183659[1]

I am walking upon an incline hill.  It is both a simple, yet complicated process.  On the one hand, I look from the starting point and walk up.  This process ends when I reach up to the ending point when the surface becomes flat.

20180511_183732[1]

20180511_183837[1]

But on the other hand, it becomes much more complicated that.  I must press my body against every natural force imaginable.  The obvious obstacle may be the breezy wind blowing against my direction; but then there is the strong gravitational pull from underneath.  As I walk further uphill, this pull becomes stronger.  Once I reached up to the top, I finally land onto a flat surface and things resume to normal.

20180511_183905[1]

20180511_184007[1]

When traversing down the hill, the complete opposite happens.  The gravitational pull felt lighter, causing me to move a bit faster.  It also helped that the wind was pushing behind me as well.  I walked a little more until I reached back to the original spot.  The difference in my journey was like night and day.

20180511_184007[1]

By the time I was on a flat surface, I felt no gravitational pull whatsoever.  All flat surface and no gravitational pull.  You walk up an inclined hill and it becomes a whole different game.  It was then that I thought more about grades.  The grade (also known as incline or slope) of a physical feature, constructed line, or land form refers to the tangent of the angles of that surface to the horizontal.  This ‘slope’ is calculated as the ratio of “rise” to “run” in which the run is the horizontal distance and the rise is the vertical distance.  These grades can be found in natural landscapes such as hillsides, canyons, streams, river banks, and river beds.

20180511_184456[1]

20180511_184456[1]

What I realized was that a magnitude of events was happening all at once.  I was traversing up an incline hill with a slope length that was increasing every second all while gravity pulls me from underneath my feet.  All three things are happening while climbing up this hill in front of me.

20180511_184621[1].jpg

You may experience something similar while exercising with a stair machine at the gym; but why work with a machine when you have the most powerful and divine forces of nature.  Nature is all around us and it can surprise you in so many ways.  Even something like walking upon an inclined hill doesn’t become so simple when you think about it.

20180511_183533[1]

Who knew nature can make something like walking up an incline hill seem so meaningful.  If you were to stop and look around at what is happening in front of you, you will realize that life works in such mysterious.

20180511_183837[1]

If you truly want to find the answers, all you simply have to do is walk up the incline hill.

 

Erosion on Bailey’s Hill


An erosion can completely modify our natural landscape.  It is described as a gradual deconstruction or diminution over a period of time.  This process happens through wind, water, or other elements of nature.  Nature builds land, only for it to disintegrate later on in the process.  It becomes this continuing cycle of land constantly being reformed year after year.

20180505_183628[1]

20180505_183635[1]

To dive further into this process, let’s look at this rock formation here in Bailey’s Hill.  This monstrous landscape sits around the Atlantic Ocean where bits of rocks are slowly chipped away over time.  Long cracks scatter throughout, dividing the rocks further away from each other.  Small tides open up from the bottom where organisms like barnacles claim their habitat.  The landmark continues to disintegrate over time as the waves continue to crash against the structure.  Strong winds push the waves farther out, grabbing yet another piece to carry out into the ocean.

20180505_183656[1]

20180505_183646[1]

And in that moment, you realize that this process didn’t change in just one day alone.  This erosion has been happening for THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of years.  Years of heavy winds, huge waves, and other chaotic scenes of nature crafted this marvelous structure.  Nature itself caused this rock structure to become what it is today.  Human beings did not cause this to happen, for it would be impossible for man to modify something of this magnitude.

20180505_183712[1]

As you stare into the scene in front of you, you start to realize how much of nature we truly take for granted.  You look right into the picture and can’t imagine how much change has happened in a matter of years.  Water, wind, soil, rocks, and many other natural elements played a key role in how Bailey’s Hill was formed.  And yet, this erosion will continue to happen as time goes on.

20180505_183748[1]

This is not some special environmental phenomenon that was just discovered – you know very well that this process happens all over the world.  From the oceans of Massachusetts to the glaciers of Canada, every type of landscape goes through some form of erosion.

20180505_183803[1]

20180505_183704[1]

An erosion is not seen as good or bad, but rather, just one of many complex processes of life.  Life itself is happening right before your eyes.  It may be a sluggish process, but the erosion is a magnificent process to experience.

20180505_183819[1]

So what lies ahead for the stunning rock formation here on Bailey’s Hill?  Will this structure grow even higher?  Or will the erosion continue divide the sections up further from each other?

20180505_183812[1]

There is no telling what Bailey’s Hill will look like from now.  We will just have to wait to see what it looks like, thousands of years later.

Meditative Hiking Philosophy


Image result for Hiking Trail

Image result for Hiking Trail

It’s truly amazing what going for a hike can do for your body.  You decide to grab your gear and head over to the nearest trail you can find.  Hiking may seem like simple exercise, but there is so much happening.  In fact, hiking can truly be a meditative experience.

Image result for Hiking Trail

Image result for Hiking Trail

Think about it – you set forth on this long and windy trail.  As you look ahead, you notice the terrain changing every minute.  You continue to pass through layers upon layers of trees, rocks, bushes, shrubs, and other things in nature.

Image result for Hiking Trail

And yet, the interesting part happens inside your mind.  While trekking through the trail, you notice the path changes through every which way.  Your brain makes out a new entryway through this new area.  What may seem like a rocky cliff-side becomes small steps for you to safely walk through.

Image result for Hiking Trail

Image result for Hiking Trail

You see the path right in front of you, prompting you to interact with many things in nature.  And yet, you don’t even realize how much you do it.  There is that tree limb you hold while you pull yourself up higher.  The dirt path that leads you right into the next part of the adventure; even those jagged rocks form cramped stepping pads for you to walk through.  Nature itself provides the journey.

Image result for Hiking Trail

Image result for Hiking Trail

Hiking is more than just reaching up to the top – its about interacting with nature along the way.  You pull and climb and trek through so many elements that help you through your journey.  There are no signs directing you towards the right direction; it is then that you must depend on the indirect signs nature provides you.

Image result for Hiking Trail

Image result for Hiking Trail

Human beings have been interacting with nature since the dawn of time.  Going on a hike is one amazing way to interact with nature.  The trail is something you figure out as you keep moving forward, making the journey that much more enjoyable.

Image result for Hiking Trail

Image result for Hiking Trail

Going for a hike is such a rejuvenating experience for the mind, body, and soul.  Hiking keeps you grounded to your natural roots.  When you feel as though you have lost touch with nature, hiking is definitely the way to go.

Image result for Hiking Trail

If you find yourself overwhelmed, go for a hike to keep yourself grounded in nature.  Hiking in the woods will provide you a rewarding adventure like no other.

Atlanta BeltLine


Image result for City of Atlanta

Image result for The Atlanta Beltline

Over the past weekend, I was on vacation to get together with family in Atlanta.  One of my favorite places I visited was the Atlanta BeltLine.  The Atlanta BeltLine is a 22-mile loop that was based on railroad corridors that used to border Atlanta.  It is currently one of the largest and wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs that is currently underway here in the United States.

Image result for The Atlanta Beltline

Image result for The Atlanta Beltline

Image result for The Atlanta Beltline

I started the path from one of many parking lots nearby.  The Atlanta BeltLine was a long, windy snakelike pathway that visitors could travel through.  While the attraction was established for hiking trails, there are many new and developing residential properties all around.  Some were old while some were rejuvenated for a more modern appearance.  There is so much to discover within this exciting pathway.

Image result for The Atlanta Beltline

Besides residential units, there was amazing art pieces to discover.  People utilized certain materials (spray paint, wires) to craft their masterpieces for everyone to see.  Colorful graffiti was painted all along the walls, with street artists marking their territory.  It was the perfect kind of outdoor entertainment to enjoy.

Image result for The Atlanta Beltline New Realm

But the entertainment didn’t stop there – restaurants and shops surround the trail as well.  There was even a microbrewery called New Realm Brewery that featured a rooftop bar on the premises.  You can get your craft beer while roaming through this popular attraction.

Image result for ponce city market beltline

One first major stop was the Ponce City Market.  Ponce City Market was a major shopping mall on the BeltLine.  Visitors stop by here for shopping, dining, and even check out artwork from some local artists.  You can even grab a beer, wine, or even a cocktail while browsing through the area.  The Ponce City Market was definitely a major highlight of the Atlanta BeltLine.

Image result for The Atlanta Beltline

Image result for The Atlanta Beltline

The Atlanta BeltLine was my favorite attraction this past weekend.  I was excited to see what this snakelike path would lead me to, only to be led into an area full of entertainment.  There were many people conducting business near the path (heck, I even met a woman who is writing over hundreds of poems about the BeltLine!).  It was quite a long walk, but definitely worth the cardio activity.

Image result for The Atlanta Beltline

Anyone heading into Atlanta should definitely check out The Atlanta BeltLine during their visit.  It’s a popular snakelike path that features all sorts of indoor (and outdoor) activities.  You definitely don’t want to miss out on all of the fun happening along the path.

Image result for The Atlanta Beltline

While I do miss being in Atlanta, I won’t forget the amount of joy I felt walking through The Atlanta BeltLine.  I will definitely be sure to return to this entertainment pathway soon.