A Citizen of Nature

The world around us is absolutely amazing.  It is often very easy to go through life missing the subtleties and far-reaching intricacies of what we participate in each and every day.  We go to work, we do the grind we answer to the boss yet we often don’t take the time to observe the natural surroundings that envelope us.  I am very lucky to live very closely to a family of swans.  My wife and I like to visit them when we have time and the swans are amazing to interact with.  Although they can be aggressive at times they are the most beautiful beasts. Getting up close and personal with them can be very rewarding.


As you can see the sunset is an amazing time to see the swans glide across the water.  The colors of the sun reflecting off the water gives a perfect opportunity to reflect on what is positive in your life.  The ripples in the water provide an amazing contrast to the sleeping, smooth and undisturbed water.


The perfect reflection of the swan is an amazing example of natures beauty.  It is so essential to get outside and enjoy these experiences first hand.  Whether you realize it or not these experiences are available to you everywhere in many different forms.  It’s only a matter of taking the time to enrich your mind and soul, get outside and become a Citizen of Nature.


At this point we were literally within 4 feet of the swans.  I was up close and my wife was kneeling at a different angle.  When the swan puffed up like this it was absolutely amazing!  Luckily my wife captured this amazing shot!

There are so many potential meanings to being a “Citizen of Nature”.  To keep this short; get outside and see the world awhile.  You don’t have to travel to distant lands to observe and participate in the world around you.  Experiences like the swans are at your very finger tips.  It’s only a matter of doing a little planning, finding a local location and experiencing what the natural world has available to you for free.

Make the time…..

Do take care,


About Adventures in the Burbs (72 Articles)
I'm now considered a survivor. A survivor of what you may ask? For my entire life I have been a walking time bomb due to a visitor embedded in my brain called an AVM, or an Arteriovenous Malformation. I never actually knew I had it. My story of survival is so improbably and spectacular that it is worthy of an entire book in itself. I may have a post in here somewhere on my blog that covers it. In the end I’ve survived a brain hemorrhage, brain surgery and I’ve been left with Epilepsy and Left Side Neglect. Believe it or not, Left Side Neglect has been nothing less than a fascinating experience although I don’t recommend it for the feeble or weak minded. In the end that time bomb exploded yet I’m still here to put my adventures up on this blog and I will never let my survivor experience hold me back from life. Although I’m now considered a “Survivor”, throughout life I have been many things and it seems I have assumed many different identities along the way. For me life has been a zigzagging adventure woven with change and that change has always been good. I’m truly blessed as my life has been nothing short of amazing and my cup has always been overflowing even in the worst of times. I’ve had a good family, good friends, excellent mentors along the way and an amazing wife. Wonder if she will actually ever read this?? I’ve been a musician, a dishwasher, a pizza maker, a break-dancer, a skateboarder, a long haired metal head, a United States Marine, a husband, a father to many, a technologist, a college student, an adventure racer, a businessman, a manager, a leader, a crisis manager, a Harley Davidson enthusiast, a wannabe bourbon connoisseur, an amateur RV’er, an amateur blogger, an amateur writer, an amateur photographer, a thinker, a doer, a traveler, a wannabe digital nomad, an adventurer, and a remote worker. So as you can see I’ve maintained just a few identities….but what’s in an identity anyway. I know my identity as a “survivor” will not sum up my existence nor define me as a person. My name is Will and I am all of those identities listed above and then some. Hopefully you will join me on my journey. Do take Care, Will

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