The gorgeous weather over this past weekend seemed to bring people out of the woodwork. Visitors were buzzing around the Runge Conservation Nature Center enjoying the air conditioning and the tabletop activities we had going on in the lobby. The trails seemed to be filled with young and old alike, hiking their way around the area. Needless to say, Runge was a happening place.
Several of the visitors had cameras strapped around their necks in hopes of catching some wildlife in action. The wildlife-viewing area inside Runge is a great place for such an opportunity. The expansive windows allow visitors a peek into the outdoor world. Deer, squirrels, turkeys and several other species of birds are drawn to the feeders every day, and the beautiful gardens make it a great place for butterflies and other insects to visit. As always, I tell guests that the viewing area may be a great place for some photos, but nothing beats getting outside and experiencing nature firsthand.
As the afternoon began to wind down and the lobby activities ended, I had a rare chance to get out and enjoy the weather for myself. As I rounded the corner into the garden area, I was suddenly caught off guard. There amongst the hustle and bustle of families and hikers was a man sitting quietly. He was perched on the rocks bordering one of the gardens, snapping photos of the beauty that surrounded him. When he was not taking pictures, the gentleman would just sit there and soak in the tranquility and splendor nature had to offer. Nothing seemed to disturb this man‘s serenity. As I passed the man, I kept looking over my shoulder to see if he would budge, and he did not. I finished my short walk and reluctantly headed back into the center.
I sat back down at my desk still astounded by the man in the garden, sitting there quietly as Mother Nature and all the critters went through their daily routine all around him. This fellow made me ponder about the grander scheme of life and how so little of us take the time to sit out and enjoy the simple things in nature. We tend to become wrapped up in so many other things that we often ignore or fail to realize the beauty that is just outside our doors. I encourage you to take a step back, get outdoorsand enjoy the beauty and serenity that nature has to offer.