Maxfield Parrish Moments
Even my hard-core “fine arts only” friends have a glowing spot in their hearts for popular American illustrator Maxfield Parrish. Images burst with saturated blues, purples, and orange-golds. Viewers are transported to a quiet, distant dimension.
Looking at printed images can calm an agitated soul. That “other time and place” tranquility can be found in multiple dimensions when we step out in nature.
Any of us can feel distressed or anxious in our day-to-day lives. Some stretches of life toss more stress-grenades at us than others.
People on the autism spectrum like our son often experience anxiety and agitation, for countless reasons, not all of them easy to discern.
Parents of individuals on the autism spectrum, particularly mothers, have been found in studies to experience PTSD and stress levels akin to combat stress. Having participated in a study on the physical effects of chronic, high level stress on autism moms, I can back that assertion.
There is no magic pill that will truly eliminate stress.
Yet even in the most challenging, overwhelming moments, stepping out for a breath of fresh air or an invigorating walk works wonders. The feel of the air, the sound of birds, and the changing patterns of trees, grass, mountains and water: These are spirit soothers we know we can rely on.
This week’s Hike Notes are about a lovely walk on the Shoreline Trail from China Camp Campsite to Chicken Coop Hill in San Rafael. Whether in a mystical foggy haze or a Maxfield Parrish-hued glow, this is always a beautiful area to walk.
Please feel free to share. If you’re not able to take one of these Northern California hikes, hopefully you can enjoy the photos!
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Hike Notes 49: China Camp Campsite to Chicken Coop Hill
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