I subscribe to David Suzuki’s Facebook updates. I love, love, love The Nature of Things, I have tremendous respect for David Suzuki and I nearly voted for him for CBC’s The Greatest Canadian. Unfortunately, David Suzuki’s Facebook and Twitter updates usually have the effect of terrifying me that everything in my house is toxic and will kill us all. That’s probably true. But I’m a worrier and often these updates just send me into a worry tailspin. But once in a while, Suzuki cheers me up with an inspiring call to action, with some words of wisdom, or with a good old-fashioned photo challenge.
Earlier this month, I signed up for The David Suzuki Foundation’s 30/30 Challenge. I felt a little lost after the adventure race was finished and decided that I needed another project to keep me occupied. This one is considerably less time-consuming, thank goodness.
Simply, I pledged to spent at least 30 minutes a day outside “in nature” and to capture these moments in photos. As part of the challenge, participants are encouraged to upload our photos to David Suzuki’s Flickr group. There are prizes for the best shots. I have an inexpensive camera that has been dropped a few times and very unimpressive photographic skills, so I’m not really in it for the competition. June is a really lovely month to spend outdoors, and I figure it’s good to have a little reminder to get outside when life gets hectic. And it’s been great for C. She loves being outdoors, and she had a great time today at an outdoor baby yoga class. It mainly consisted of her doing forward folds to reach for grass she wanted to eat. But still. Nature.
I’m not going to post all of the photos I’ve taken so far, because some of them are pretty terrible (the lack of camera skills sometimes lead to fuzzy, out-of-focus shots of our lilacs) and I don’t want to subject readers to that. But I’ll post some of the highlights throughout the month of June.