In the spring of 2018, three of my immediate family members fell direly ill within weeks of each other. The next five months involved many doctor visits, hospital stays, a multitude of tests, ambulance calls, sleepless nights, tears and a lot of fear an anxiety. In that time, my life was put on hold. I didn’t have the time to get out and enjoy the outdoors like I usually do in the spring and summer. In lieu of the regular activities I would normally do, I was still able to step out my front door and enjoy the surrounding cornfields, sky and clouds. While I’ve always photographed the clouds and sky around my house, during those five months it almost seemed to become an obsession. If I was home, I had an eye on the sky. It was my way to cope with the stress and anxiety and keep some semblance of normalcy. Nature, and in particular, clouds, have always soothed me.
We now live in a time where we can set the atmosphere in our home with the click of a button, travel thousands of miles through the air in hours, order takeout, and pick up a cell phone with endless information at the tips of our fingers, but humans evolved alongside nature. We are a fundamental part of it. Even though we live in these modern times, our brains have largely stayed the same. We still have a deep connection with nature whether we realize it or not. Research has shown that nature can soothe what ails us. Depression, stress, anxiety, fatigue, disconnection and a host of other ailments can be alleviated through connections to the natural world. I suppose what I’m saying is, give nature a go before trying anything else. It’s amazing what it can do for you, and in the mean-time, I hope you get some joy from these images that calmed me in my time of need.
This experience had such a profound effect on me, it prompted me to start an entire new business called Cloud to Clover. I’d love for you to take a look. If you’re interested in learning more about the restorative properties of nature, HERE is a wonderful article from the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health website touting all the benefits.