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Restoration Park: Walking In Nature With My Family

It has been a while since our family went walking on trails at a park. So, the other day we went to Restoration Park, in West Monroe, to try out the trails there. We started out at 6:00 p.m and finished a little after 7:00 p.m. Restoration Park is located in 700 Downing Pines Rd, West Monroe, LA 71292. This park was a former strip mine converted into a wetland habitat. Gosh, it’s beautiful out there!

It felt so good sweating while walking on the trail. The humidity wasn’t bad at all by 6:00 p.m. Also, I was so proud of my boys. They were very well behaved from start to finish. And guess what? The one-hour walking helped them slept all night.

Usually, when you go walking you feel tired at night. But it wasn’t the case for me. I couldn’t even remember when was the last time I ever felt relaxed until that evening after walking.

There are numerous physical and mental health benefits of walking. I noticed that every time we go out for a walk it helps me relax all night. Not only that but also helps me think clearly. I’m not sure about you, or how do you feel after taking a walk, but it helps me feel healthier. Walking with my family is a very good idea. Aside from just having company with me it was also a time to bond and see the beauty of nature around us. How about you? Do you prefer to go for a walk alone? Or with family?

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Cheniere Lake Bayou Sceneries

I love capturing portrait and family photos but I’m a nature photographer at heart. Capturing nature photos, such as bayous, is very soothing for me. I call it my stress reliever. What is your stress reliever?

A few days ago I visited two bayous in my local area and I was surprised by what I saw. Both areas are supposed to have docks. However, that day I couldn’t see the docks. The water was so high that the docks were totally underwater. We had severe thunderstorms the day prior to my visiting the different bayous. Sadly, Ruston, our neighboring city, was hit by a tornado that spawned from the same storm that hit our city. That tornado took two lives – a mother and her son. Ruston is still recovering and needs our prayers.

Anyway, it was a bright and windy afternoon. I’m glad the humidity wasn’t bad at all. I was able to stay a little longer and enjoyed my time there. Below, are just a few bayou photos I took. I’m not done working on it but I thought I would share to you.

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Cheniere Lake Swamps in West Monroe Louisiana

One of my most favorite view to photograph is a bayou or swamp. Here in West Monroe Louisiana alone has many different bayou areas to go, although, these photos below are all part of Cheniere Lake. I’m planning to go check out the other lakes soon and like Lake Darbone and others. A swamp might be a little creepy sometimes but if you will take your time and look around it, you’ll see that it’s really beautiful. For me, it’s magical!

Check out my bayou/swamp collections below. I hope you’ll enjoy and let me know what you think. I would be very grateful to hear you feedback.

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The Sounds Of Nature: My Sleeping Aid

Growing up from a small village in the Philippines; having few neighbors living just walking distance from our house was one of the best memories I have. Waking up every morning and hearing the beautiful sounds of the birds chirping; the roosters saying cockadoodledoo and my mother’s pigs oinking. Right across the road is the ocean. The sound of waves smashing the shore is very calming. You might think “gosh, that’s too much noise!” To be honest, I missed those noises. Those kinds of noises are big parts of my life growing up. And also, before I forget, my dad had goats too!

But today, living in a city (not a very big city ), all I can hear from the moment I wake up in the morning till’ midnight are vehicle noises. Not so calming, especially at night and all I want is to have a good night sleep. Plenty of times that I did wish to be living in the countryside, but I’m not. There must be a reason why not. Only God knows.

Sometimes, when it’s raining, I can sleep better compared to when it’s not. For me, the sound of the rain is so soothing. The raindrops help me fall asleep easier. I would say that my ultimate sleep aid is the sound of the rain.

A Wet & Windy Morning

Growing up hearing the different nature sounds like the running water from the stream behind our house, birds chirping, chickens clocking, and the roosters saying cockadoodledoo was very calming. So, my question is why nature sounds help us relax? Do you notice that when you are listening to the natural sounds ( nature sounds ) that your body switches to relax mode? That’s all I need after dealing with my boys; their school homework and other stuff. Every parent deserves a relaxing moment.