Day six of 30 Days Wild saw heavy rain and blustery weather. The wind called to me. After being stuck indoors yesterday, I was desperate to stretch my legs and feel the rain on my face. Much as I hate the pain that often accompanies rainy weather, today was crisp compared to yesterday’s dampness, and the wind in the trees sang enticingly.
I put on my boots.
I said hello to a wild neighbour, who spends hours outdoors.
I rescued my seedlings from waterlogging.
I photographed wet leaves.
I photographed the elderflower in the puddles.
I photographed flowers in the rain.
I picked a wild bouquet, and tied it together with blades of grass, while my partner collected petals that had been blown into the mud by the wind for me.
I spotted a new canal resident and fed it to welcome it. I now have to ID it (feel free to let me know in the comments if you can tell from this rather blurry photo.)
I fed the ducks.
I admired the clouds.
I admired the clouds some more, finding faces and stories in them.
I watched the sun go down.
And I made my way home, a little damp but only enough to make the cup of tea on my return all the more comforting.
If you missed getting out in the rain today, don’t worry. There may be more rainy days to come.
When I got home, my wild bouquet ‘brought the outdoors indoors’.
The petals my partner collected will be used for future nature crafting.
My nature crafting box is filling up nicely. There will need to be some crafting soon.
Random Acts of Wildness So Far…
- Spread the word.
- Start a weather/pain diary.
- Look at the clouds.
- Photograph wildflowers.
- Look for urban nature.
- ID a butterfly.
- Find a fledgling.
- Feed a swan.
- Collect feathers.
- Stake out a foraging site.
- ID birdsong.
- Tweet using the #30DaysWild hashtag.
- Plant a virtual seed.
- See new life growing.
- Feed the ducks.
- Protect an animal from a predator.
- Reflect on nature.
- Look closely at your lawn.
- Make someone a nature hamper from recycled materials.
- Share nature photos using #30DaysWild on Instagram (and help the hashtag trend).
- Show your houseplants some love.
- Tell friends about #30DaysWild.
- Talk to a junior naturalist and encourage their creativity.
- Photograph a favourite cuddly toy in nature.
- Add a nature event to your diary.
- Look closely at a friend’s garden.
- Take photos for #Rainbowblooms.
- Find a plant that looks like a bug.
- Watch a bee.
- Read a nature-based research paper.
- Get overawed by nature
- Watch the dawn.
- Walk barefoot in dewy grass.
- Try a nature meditation.
- Raid and repurpose the recycling.
- Go on a wild date.
- Go litter picking.
- Protect the soil.
- Make nature art.
- Watch the sunset
- Turn your desk wild.
- Water your garden.
- Celebrate World Environment Day.
- Take part in the plastic challenge.
- Watch nature videos.
- Tell people who run your favourite hashtag hour on Twitter about 30 Days Wild.
- Tell a colleague about 30 Days Wild.
- Take a closer look at foxgloves.
- Share nature-themed recycled crafting ideas.
- Have a natural aromatherapy bath.
- Dress for the weather.
- Connect with a local nature lover.
- Look at a puddle closely.
- Rescue a plant.
- Make a mini meadow in a recycled container.
- Photograph wet leaves.
- Welcome new wildlife to the area.
- Make a bottle garden.
- Make a wild bouquet.
- Collect flower petals for your nature crafting box.