August 2, 2016

An arboreal alphabet

Posted in brisbane, creativity, health, life, nature, reading, writing tagged , , , , , , , at 8:40 pm by Margi Macdonald

I’m not showing you any images with this one.

Head over right now and read this interview with Katie Holten and see the examples of her work, and then you might want to create your very own arboreal alphabet.

Or perhaps, instead of trees, you might choose flowers, or leaves, or birds, or insects or fish; whimsical, fantastical drawings from your own quite wonderful mind’s eye.

Everyone’s an artist, and we’re all part of the natural world, even if we live in a highrise shoebox-sized apartment in a megacity.

Go on. Do it.

 

 

July 27, 2016

Get out there! Health benefits from nature are real

Posted in brisbane, health, nature tagged , , , , , at 8:41 pm by Margi Macdonald

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With thanks today to Senator Scott Ludlam, who shared this juicy science on social media today.

Health Benefits from Nature Experiences Depend on Dose

We show that people who made long visits to green spaces had lower rates of depression and high blood pressure, and those who visited more frequently had greater social cohesion. Higher levels of physical activity were linked to both duration and frequency of green space visits. A dose-response analysis for depression and high blood pressure suggest that visits to outdoor green spaces of 30 minutes or more during the course of a week could reduce the population prevalence of these illnesses by up to 7% and 9% respectively.

Read more here: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep28551

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