Sunday, September 17, 2017

Forest Bath

You might be surprised to learn that although I live in a beach town,
there are still many places in the region to walk or hike
in a forest.  'Forest Bathing' is so refreshing and therapeutic.

This tree is on the way to the trail by our home.
We call it the 'Grinch Tree'!
Wouldn't you agree?

We have also noticed that this year - we believe - 
the acorns are much larger due to all the rainfall.

Forest bathing is the practice of taking a short, leisurely visit to a forest for health benefits. The practice originated in Japan where it is called shinrin-yoku.

Studies in Japan have measured changes in immune markers and stress hormones in people who regularly walked in specific forests in Japan. In addition, people with diabetes but not taking insulin found substantial benefits by lowering blood glucose levels.

The forest is lush and mossy.
Green overload!
I love!

This is the famous birch tree
that seems to stick out like a sore thumb.

This is the Carly Patterson Memorial Trail.
A loop trail that runs through Wasaga Beach. Total distance: 10.8km. 
This section runs through old mixed forest. Crushed stone trail and natural trail. 
The Carly Patterson Memorial Trail meanders along Trillium Creek though a mosaic of swamp and upland forests. Snow-melt in the spring creates woodland pools that support breeding habitat for migrating waterfowl. Several woodpecker species – including the rare Red-headed Woodpecker and Red-bellied Woodpecker – forage and nest along the creek corridor. White-tailed Deer and Wild Turkeys can be seen along the trail. Trillium Creek provides habitat for a handful of small fish species as well as amphibians even though flows can be 
very low or even intermittent during spring and early fall.

Bundled and ready for her forest bath.

Surprising how private these trails are
considering how well maintained, safe and gorgeous they are.

Here the forest is repairing and rejuvenating itself.

We have continued to share our love of nature
with all the kiddos. It's definitely catching on.
They never say NO to a forest bath.

The sun kissing spots in the deep forest.

Collapse Rot Decompose Re-soil Re-seed Re-GROW

  • root sprouts (suckers)
  • stump sprouts (shoots)
  • seeding from the adjacent forest
  • continued growth of young trees remaining on the harvested site
Natural regeneration:
  • ensures that only trees suited to the site are established
  • is low in cost
  • may take longer for forests to grow back
  • can result in stands that have species other than desired species
  • is often relied upon to renew areas affected by natural disturbances (e.g. fire, insect, disease, severe weather)

Mossy stump beauty!

Patti Friday: Artist | Illustrator | Author | Wellness Community Member | Reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

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