Yanet Harteman

Yanet Harteman

In our field trip to Aleza Lake Research Forest, i couldn’t help to think about, how the world would be like without the forest, where would the animals go? . With those thoughts in mind, i came to realize, what a wonderful opportunity this trip was to see the forest with a new prospected. One thing i can to tell, we as humans are very fortunate of having a place like this on earth.
Once we arrive at Aleza lake, one of our main task was to feel and touch the plants in order to understanding the forest better. While we were in the woods, we got to peal off the bark of a dead tree, now it wasn’t a dead tree any more, beneath the bark it was the shelter and a food source for the ants. Now i felt like thing were zooming in on us and more was available for us to see. In our little hike we start to collect plants, leafs, mushrooms, moss, etc. We were enjoying the wood with most of our senses.
We made our way back to this cabin, where we were provided with microscopes,to observe the things that we had picked up. To tell you the truth, it completely changes the game. When you get to look at things under the microscope, there is a whole new secret world revealing itself to you, is just like magic.This microscopic world became so exciting to me, because a leaf is not just a leaf anymore, now it became the home of tiny microscopical insects. I also under the microscope the moss that we picked up was sharing the space with other different spices, of tiny plants.
There is something very special about the forest, the way that you feel is just wonderful. Allowing yourself to feel those feeling, you’ll see the woods in a different way, it will become home, a place to be. You can make the forest a place where you draw inspiration from, a classroom, a place to create.
When there is complete silence, no thoughts, no words, becomes the moment when the forest speaks, you can hear it, every single whisper it has to say. There is a sense of calmness where you just can help but to be there. Colours become more vibrant, intense and the falling leafs transforms in something majestical. Awakens in you feelings of gratitud for having the opportunity to experience this. At least that is how i felt on my time at Aleza lake.
Accepting and acknowledging that we are part of nature, is crucial, it may lead us to rethink the way we interact with it. Asking some questions like how can it be if we care for nature how we care for ourselves. How would it look like, only taking what we need? How can we use part of the forest without too much disruption to the animals who life in this habitad?
I like to close with one of Albert Einstein quotes.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
Albert Einstein