I listened to a doctor on the radio expressing his ideas regarding anxiety and depression in our world today. I sort of half assed listened as I was driving to go get my new glasses.
But a few points that he did talk about in the interview was how the curious mind beats down anxiety and depression. I thought Peeshaw...Pfft, he doesn't know what he is talking about.
But then I thought about the general idea of Curiosity. Why in the middle of a Pandemic while living with my significant other did I constantly fight the blues? Sure I know it is the result of being a CareGiver. But some days the Blues were simply an unforgiving weight. Should I give in or fight it?
I needed a new purpose.
I needed to do some wandering with a purpose.
Like...what is this called?
I know it is moss, but what about moss? What about Moss Life cycles?
I began a search and decided to order a book on moss and a book on lichen.
Suddenly, I found myself very Curious. I'd spent so much time in the woods hunting Fungi, wild plants, and insects, but never really paid any attention to things like Lichen. As far as I was concerned they were fungi. I was SO wrong!
Why did I get the feeling of calm and satisfaction while wandering the woodlands looking for interesting tiny things to photograph and go home to identify and take notes on? Why did using the skills of a Naturalist keep me sane?
[By the way, the new glasses are incredible! I can see things clearly for the first time in months in the distance again! Wow!]
Powdery Sunburst Lichen
Such a pretty name for such a tiny thing. This was found on the trunk of an oak tree.
Researchers don't know why we get such a high over learning. I do. My mind is taking a break from the problems I face every day at home. It is directing all of its energy into trying to figure out how to recognize different plants.
It is true. My anxiety and blahs, disappear when hunting interesting things in the forest.
I knew that by setting out to examine another aspect of the forest around me, it would lead to calm days and clear thinking.
I think I knew this before and that is why I wander about so much in the forest. It gives my brain time to chill out and relax.
The scientists say that when the brain is engaged in curious learning the pleasure part of the brain is LIT up.
Maybe that is why I am so reluctant to step through the door after being outside.
This is one of my favorite photos of moss. The white specs are grains of sand. I used the microscopic mode on my Tough TG6 camera to capture this.
I have no idea what these are called. From what I understand there are 12 thousand species of moss. Most moss ID depends on a microscope.
So I will be happy to continue to find beautiful mosses and lichen because I am curious and little things like this make me happy.
I may even figure out what kind or species of moss this is one day.
Let's stand up and applaud curiosity.