by: Madison byrd

"he went to the woods because [he] wished deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life..."(196).

                                                                                                             -Henry David Thoreau

Sunday afternoon I ventured into the small but fascinating forest behind what used to be Newhall Middle School. As a kid, I always used to explore the woods with my little brother, but I took nature for granted back then. I realized that nature is more than just a place to venture off to when you are bored, it's a getaway, and a place to go when you just need time to think. As I sat on the fresh spring grass, for the first time in months I felt empty of everything. There was not a thing on my mind. The serenity of nature fascinates me. As I took in deep breath of fresh air, I felt like I was part of the wild life. The calmness of the crisp, windy air reminded me a lot of summer. There was not a care in the world, I wasn't worrying about anything. I could have stayed out there for forever. I chose to spend an hour in the woods because I've always taken wild like for granted and this short experience has taught me that nature is a getaway. A getaway when you are stressed or when you just need time for yourself. The definition of beauty is the quality present in a thing or person that give intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind. I believe that the definition of beauty describes nature perfectly. Nature is life changing and it blows my mind that people take it for granted. You don't live forever so might as well enjoy it while you can.

Nature is beautiful

Thoreau, Henry David. "Walden". Elements of Literature fifth course. Kylene Beers and Lee Odell (ed.) Holt: Austin, 2005. 193-204. Print.

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