Communing with nature

In a highly urbanised and densely populated country like Singapore, it is easy to commute from home to work and live a life devoid of the great outdoors.

Add the oft oppressive humidity of our isle, and we find ourselves choosing air-conditioned comfort over communing with nature.

But thanks to the admirable work by NParks  (who literally know every tree by name – or number) we have some lovely parks and green spaces, including the primary rainforests of Bukit Timah and Macritchie.

I don’t often go trekking, but try to walk/jog at 1 to 2 parks a week. Although it is more convenient to pop into a gym, there is something about exercising outdoors.

I used to marvel at how well taken care of the trees are. Regularly fertilised with rich dark compost, forming beautiful zen-like circles at the foot of every tree.

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And when flowers fall, yellow petals are strewn across the ebony.

Some mornings, there is a gentle mist shrouding the surface of the water, lending an air of mystery to it all.

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At times, I chance upon interesting finds like these, which the girls are fascinated with. Is this really a fruit, mama?

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A fruit that disperses its seed through explosive action, and then hardens to a tough brown dry husk.

 

How marvellous the creation of God. And how easy it is to overlook it in the hustle of daily life.

So I try, to consciously contemplate a leaf or a bud daily, if not the beautiful wide expanse of sky.

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Even if I can’t catch a lovely sunrise like the one above every morning, sometimes in a pocket of sky, are clouds of pink like swathes of cotton candy, sometimes clouds of fuzzy white, like wool clipped off shorn sheep.

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The whole earth is full of His glory.

~ Isaiah 6:3

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