There’s a calming effect nature has on us the moment we step into it. I notice it mostly when driving to my parents house on vacations. It’s the moment we cross over to the U.P side of the Mackinaw Bridge I feel it, my blood pressure drops instantly. Busy highways are replaced by two lane roads carrying drivers who are in no hurry to get from point A to point B. Roadsides are lined with wildflowers, trees, and a wonder of what lives in them.
Building the terrariums was no different than crossing the bridge for me. The moment we put everything on the garage floor to get started, my friends and I agreed we wanted to make the terrariums ourselves and let the kids run and play. It was a cathartic experience to feel the dirt, sand, stones, and plants then placing them just so to create our own version of nature. Even now I look at the terrariums and want to see a slow moving creek flow between the bits of moss and over the smooth stones picked from past vacations at the lake. Trips to the lake/woods this coming summer will be filled with treasure hunts of driftwood, stones, shells etc to bring more memories in new creations of nature for our home.
Thank you to my friends Katy and Kristin for coming over, letting the kids play, and spending the afternoon with me. Life is so busy, it’s nice to check out and do something relaxing for a while.
Images taken with a Nikon FG 35mm camera using Kodak Portra 400 film processed and scanned by Old School Photo Lab.
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