February 23, 2020


David Gascoigne

Forest bathing has become a fashionable term in recent years, and all to the good, I say, but it strikes me that having spent an entire lifetime pursuing nature, since my earliest memories, I have been doing this most of my life, and perhaps this has contributed to the fact that I have been very healthy for most of it.

William Kendall

Beautiful, especially the mockingbird.


Lovely series of photos! Wonderful light in the first photo. I also really like the paths lined with ferns in the first photo collage, so pretty!


Hello. Forest bathing is a great idea. Wonderful photos. Have a nice weekend.


wonderful photos and from Bird!!!


Hello Sallie, I enjoyed this walk and the beautiful scenery.
Great shot of the Mocker. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend. PS, thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog.

Su-sieee! Mac

Hi, Sallie (waving) I love the contrast of the colors of the trees in your top photo. The mushrooms remind me of pancakes. I wonder if they're edible. I can imagine the freshness of the air among the ferns.

Michelle Keltner

I love a walk in the woods, but never thought of it as, forest bathing. Quite a name! lol Thanks for linking up and have a great weekend!

Peter B.

Forest bathing sounds interesting. I guess out here I could do "desert bathing"! I certainly enjoy immersing myself into the quiet and solitude of the desert, and always feel refreshed afterward. Beautiful post!

riitta k

Wonderful to see these green ferns, as everything is dormant here. Have a fine weekend.


Loving the blue skies looks like a beautiful place to take a stroll.

Sylvia D.

Sallie, I do love the idea of forest bathing. Nature does provide a calm and relaxing space. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.


The lichen looks like pancakes. I have a friend who makes earrings out of those (smaller ones). I like the idea of forest bathing, but I really want an indoor pool in Floyd!

MaryBeth Schwartz

So nice to have a great area to walk close to home but then again too bad they closed off you nearby access. Have you talked to them about that? Or maybe if it locked you could get a key.
Uff Da is Norwegian or just Scandinavian but it is just an exclamation used to mean like we would say--'Oh cripes' at something happening they would say Uff Da
Enjoy Florida but come back soon to the GREAT PNW


That sounded like so much fun. I remember when we went for a ride on a friend's boat on the Potomac River, and it was and still is a great memory. Loved the photos you've shared today. The scenery is very tropical looking, especially the lush vegetation. That sky is gorgeous! And a darling little Mockingbird. I haven't seen one of those to photograph in way too long. The mushrooms always fascinate me. Do they call those turkey tails? Not sure if I have the right one. Enjoy the rest of your week Sallie and thanks for these.


Wow, your Live Oaks are much bigger than the AZ Oaks. Forest bathing can be experienced in any environment as it's a sensorial immersion. I led a walk like that at the North Rim. Bummer your nearby access to the park was blocked. Yet you are fortunate to have play areas on the water.

Linda P

Both activities of walking in the woods and boating on the canal sound relaxing when the weather is calm. Socialising with other boat owners must be good fun. Enjoy getting out and about and I hope there are few storms to challenge you.


I also find such beautiful trees and the mushrooms on them very fascinating!
The mocking bird has posed beautifully, he noticed that now the whole world can see him :)

Little Wandering Wren

I love Forest Bathing!!! I have just had an article published on Forest Bathing - so great minds think alike! Love the Caloosahatchie Nature Preserve perfect for Forest bathing!
Wren x


always a fan of cloud views. i have been going through my real pictures lately ... hanging up a bunch with great cloud views. so amazing!! 2nd fave is the boat shot. hope u r well this week. so rainy here. ( ;

My Corner of the World

Great finds for photos in places I can't pronounce!!

Thanks for linking up at 'My Corner of the World' this week!
My Corner of the World

A ShutterBug Explores

Gorgeous nature preserve photos ~ 'Forest Bathing' is phase that is catching on but don't believe it is anything new ~ New Branding ~ LOL
Thanks for a tour of your world ~ ^_^

Happy Moments to You,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)


Those big old trees. IF only they could talk. The stories they could tell.

Romina, Adelaide

Beautiful photos, love the live oak tree shot and the ferns garden.The mushroom reminds me of my late husband's, was his favorite food to eat.

Bob Bushell

I love the Mocking Bird, standing alone. And, the fungi, beautiful.

Amy Franks

I find nature walks really re-energising and refresing, we have the same sort of fungus on trees here but can't remember the name of that one.

Photo Cache

When I see mushrooms on my walks, I always photograph them. What it is about them that make them so photogenic?


Sallie - live oaks are so majestic. I remember them and palmettos from our time in Florida. What a lovely picture of the mockingbird. Glad you had good weather for your outing - such lovely skies! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday, my friend!

ellen b.

Happy to see you out and about again and sharing your adventures in Florida with us. That Mockingbird is a beauty. Our son in law is working in Florida this week. Interesting patterns on those mushrooms. We will gladly welcome those Robins back home!


Does the water ever get high in the canal? I don't really know anything about canals, so I don't know if it is connected to the ocean or not.
In the last few years, I've heard that "our" robins don't leave for the winter, but I don't know if it is true or not.
Very sad about the gate.

Lavender Dreams

It's been funny to have one winter day....every week or so! I think we have one coming up again this week! We walked today in the forest and love the feeling of immersing ourselves in the peace and quiet of the forest. I was just talking to my son about forest bathing yesterday! And you're right...there's always something different to see when you get out on the same trails. Love your pretty Mockingbird! Hugs!

Alan Bates

I read my first blog post about forest bathing several years ago as I had the wrong idea of what was going to transpire so I almost didn’t read it. Glad I did. I have been forest bathing all my life I think.

That’s outrrageous that they locked your gate. Might be time to invest in some technology to unlock it. Or interlock your own lock, or something.

Hey you got rights!!


I love your Florida posts, Sallie, as it all looks so exotic to me here in snowy Colorado! Live oak trees are amazing the way they grow such long branches. The mockingbird is cute! I'm glad you had good health and weather to be able to take the boat out for a ride!


Great photo of the mocking bird. Must be lovely to be out on the boat again. Hope the weather improves enough for many more trips.


I do forest bathing every day:) That's a new term for me. Happy you can enjoy nature here! The beautiful fungi are a spectacular detail. Many thanks for sharing these details of happy walks and days with All Seasons - never can get enough to nature!
About Kinderdijk, we were fortunate, that at the time we entered, there happened to be no one else inside the mill. I totally understand, you can only order your family or friends to stay out of the way of your camera, lol! Wishing you a great weather week, Sallie!

soma @ whimsandfancies.com

Wonderful photos! That truly is a majestic oak tree and beautiful sky.



the sky is so pretty, i love clouds!! thats a great picture of the mockingbird, i love those birds!!

fancy fungi, i LOVE seeing them!!

Penelope Notes

It is so cool that you live in both west and east corners of the States. The canal reminds me of Europe in some ways and in some places. As a life-style, you two really figured out how to make the best of retirement in all worlds!

// Heidrun

Caloosahatchie Nature Preserve... wow, its a tongue-twister and a fantastisc Place of nature. Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed reading.

I wish you a very good week.

Happy MosaicMonday


The weather must be effecting me because when you said, "...foliage is low" I immediately thought, "Good for mountain biking." And I didn't so much as hop on my bike last year.
I'm guessing living next door to a county park where you are doesn't bring the kind of traffic I dread. I'll take green and quiet over lush and fecund any day.
The weather here has been nice enough to confuse a robin or even a crane but I hope they stay put or they're liable to run into snow.
Do you prefer the river to the ocean? I think I might since it would feel more like home.
I hope you get more and more nice weather and both of you stay healthy, after all, isn't that why you're down there?

Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

I love taking photos of trees, mushrooms, clouds especially when out on a hike. Great day!
Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

Lisa | Handmade in Israel

What a wonderful park! So much interesting greenery. I love robins!



Love the sky and photos from the boat. The trail with the pretty ferns looks beautiful. Great shot of the Mockingbird. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

Veronica Lee

It's so delightful to see the flora and fauna from your corner of the world. Love, love, love the photos!

Happy Monday,Sallie!

riitta k

You certainly can do Forest Bathing in the middle of those lush ferns! I found rhe book very good. Wishing a lovely week!

Lady Fi

What a lovely area for you snowbirds! I can just imagine how lovely the birds sounded on your walk.


...all of those ferns are a wonderful sight!


You get the best of both worlds, Snowbirding and boating. We are in Tucson right now and it's the last week of our second segment of our three part trip. We are in a real Snowbird park this time. I enjoy trying different kinds or places to stay, campground, fairground and city parks. - Margy


I love the blue skies of Florida and the mushrooms make interesting patterns


Glad you had a good day for your boat event, and it's too bad about the locked gate! Hope you get lots more sunny days it seems here it's 3 days rain then 1 of sun, and it's been that way almost all winter.

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