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Sunny weather has finally arrived and I use every excuse to get outside. Windows wide open, quick sunbathing breaks on the balcony, a walk around the neighborhood, joining friends in the park, or going for a hike in the real outdoors; there are so many opportunities to take in the sounds, the smells, and the beautiful views of nature.
If you are tied to your desk or lack the natural draw to be outside, give nature a chance to brighten your day. She can help you relax as you experience her wonderfulness through the eyes and ears of others. Nature will stun you with her beauty! And who knows, you might be tempted to go outside and meet her in person after all.
Nature Desktop Wallpapers
The easiest way to invite nature into your computer is a nature desktop wallpaper. Decorate your desktop with a beautiful photo and let it remind you that there is life outside your office. I predict that you will have a tough time picking just one wallpaper from the vast selection at sites like DeviantART, Wallpaper Abyss, or Desktop Nexus. If you want to keep them all, just use a wallpaper changer.
Don’t waste too much time browsing wallpapers. Pick a few favorites, set them up, and enjoy while you must spend time on your computer.
The outdoors ingrain themselves in our memory in many different ways. The smell of fresh-cut grass, the sensation of your feet sinking into wet sand, and the sounds of birds. Those sensations are soothing and relaxing.
While you cannot replicate a beach in your office, you can at least introduce the sounds of nature. You will find those sounds on many websites. Naturesound.org has bird and animal sounds, K-MUSICLIFE is a Nature sound and chillout channel on YouTube, and on NatureSoundsFor.Me you can create your own mix from four different natural sounds.
The sounds of nature are soothing. Don’t accidentally fall asleep to them!
When your work day starts in your garage, leads you to an ugly parking lot in downtown, and finally drops you off at a cubicle with no windows in sight, you might as well remain completely oblivious to the weather. Only that there might be a nice park around the corner that is begging to be used during lunch break. And how about a half hour walk in the nearby forest after work? Time in nature can do wonders for your well-being.
Do you need a little motivation to ditch work early and enjoy the sun? Keep a weather app handy! Windows users will appreciate our weather app roundup, we also reviewed weather apps for iOS and Android. Overall, WeatherBug appears to be a winner across all platforms, it’s even available as a browser addon.
How do you keep track of the weather?
Among all the interactive websites that offer jaw-dropping views of nature, there is one we haven’t mentioned before. The REI 1440 Project associates every single minute of the day with a beautiful outdoors picture submitted by its members. The goal is to celebrate every minute spent outside. Wonder what is happening in the world while you are killing time at the office?
Better get out and send them a photo of your own outdoor activity!
Photoblogs provide an insight into someone’s life. Where do they live, what do they see, and how are they experiencing nature? It’s like peeking into a different world. The personal touch makes the photos come alive.
Almost every day I can be found hiking the coastline and mountain trails, taking photos of the beautiful Northern California terrain. My daily walks often take me on paths that lead to other worlds… mystical ones… where quietness, oneness and a sense of peace prevail. I’ve discovered that while paying attention to the small but miraculous details of nature, one can actually tap into the beauty and expansiveness that exists within each of us. –Diane Varner
Take Home Message
Beautiful nature is just outside your door. Don’t let her wait. She will always be there, but remember that your time with her is limited.
What entices you to get away from the computer and enjoy the outdoors?