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Super Blooms and Time in Nature

Have you heard? San Diego County is having a "Super Bloom" due to all the rain we had last winter. Last weekend I went to the San Diego Botanical Gardens here in Encinitas to see the Sapphire Tower, which normally is an unassuming-looking succulent plant. However, when it blooms, the long stalks produce flowers that are an amazing metallic turquoise. This Chilean plant looks almost alien and is well worth a trip to the Gardens to see in person.

There was a recent study that observed that walking in nature may actually physically change our neurons in ways that improve our mental health.

Many people today live in cities and spend far less time outside in green, natural spaces than people did hundreds of years or even decades ago. People living in cities also have a higher risk for anxiety and depression than people living in rural areas, studies show. According to a growing body of research, these developments seem to be linked. Various studies have found that city dwellers with limited access to green spaces have a higher incidence of psychological problems than people living near parks and that urban dwellers who visit natural environments have lower levels of stress hormones immediately afterward than people who have not recently been outside.

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