I’m almost always the hiker at the tail end of group hikes, sometimes a quarter mile behind the hiker in front of me. No matter, though. I’m with my dog, having a great conversation.
Hiking slowly is my pace. Except when I find myself pursued by a cloud of gnats, hovering around my head and face. Then, I’m quite speedy. I figure I can outrun the pesky critters, even while flailing my arms—after all, they have shorter legs than I do. The hysterical shrieking is just an added bonus.
Hiking at a slower pace allows me to notice the plants and flowers, take photos, and make mental notes about what I’ve seen so that I can use them in my illustrations and designs. Rushing through nature means I’d miss the beauty out there in all four of the seasons. I’d never have noticed the lovely symmetries of dried flowers and seed heads in the late fall and winter if I were in a hurry to get there. Flowers and plants don’t stop being beautiful and enchanting when they’re cloaked in snow.
My home decor and apparel designs feature illustrated plants and flowers from all seasons. You’ll find designs showing spring bloomers like Mariposa, summer beauties like poppies, and fall and winter treasures featuring seed heads and seed pods that are every bit as lovely as the flower that bore them.
Enjoy nature at your own pace—a slower pace—and you’ll find so much to delight you.