All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking – Frederick Nietzsche
Popular wisdom has it that being immersed in nature is good for us but did you know
that there is now a scientific basis to support that claim?
Professor David Strayer, a cognitive psychologist from the University of Utah
has found that after a few days off grid surrounded by nature our brains show
a significant functional improvement in tasks such as problem solving.
Our digital lifestyle constantly taxes and over-stimulates the pre-frontal cortex
of our brain which deals with problem solving. This often leads to fatigue and
so it’s no surprise then that a few days with nature improves our capacity to think clearly.
In awe and blissfully relaxed after a few days with nature
It was Nietzsche who said that “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking”
By measuring brain waves of participants who had been in beautiful natural surroundings
for 3 days Prof Strayer was able to demonstrate that different neuronal networks
became active when out in nature that are suppressed in our urban environment (the “3-day effect”).
The soothing sound of cascading water
After a few days the senses re-calibrate and you start to smell and hear things
you didn’t before, producing a transformational change.
So it’s official; being surrounded by natural environments is not just incredibly
enjoyable and rewarding, it’s actually good for your physical and mental well-being.
Surely that is an offer too good to refuse!
Can you think of a better way to re-calibrate the senses?
If you feel like some adventure therapy be sure to visit Deep Creek Conservation Park
or better still, why not join us on the Southern Ocean Walk.
Spotted donkey orchid in Deep Creek Conservation Park
One of the great joys of walking in Deep Creek Conservation Park is the diversity
of flora you can encounter along the way. Of special note are the native orchids.
There are more than 350 native orchids in South Australia and a
significant number can be found in Deep Creek.
Purple Cockatoo Orchid
What makes these orchids rather special is that they do not grow on trees or other host plants
as is common but directly in the ground. Although you’d think this would make them easier to spot
many orchids are easy to miss. Their small and delicate size means that a keen eye is required.
However, once you know what to look for it is surprising how many you suddenly notice!
Spider Orchid (Caladenia Bicalliata)
Did you know they are also a good indicator of the health of our environment?
Orchids are sensitive to weeds, soil disturbance, and pests as well as fertilizers
and other chemicals so there presence in our conservation parks is a joy.
During the past few months our guests have spotted many stunning orchids at different points in
Deep Creek and Newland Head Conservation Parks and we have shown a sample here.
Given our temperate climate and relatively reliable rainfall it is possible to find
orchids in flower on the Fleurieu Peninsula during most months of the year.
Blink and you miss it…a Wallpaper Donkey orchid in Deep Creek
The October Long Weekend is always a popular time to venture out, get away for a few days or visit one of the many events and festivals on offer.
On the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula we have the following events taking place between 4-6 October:
Yankalilla Show – 5 Oct Corner Jervois Road & Main South Road, Yankalilla. Always a popular outing this annual event brings together many aspects of life on the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula. See here for more details.
Field Good Festival – 5 – 6 Oct Alma’s Hem Amphitheatre, 123A Prouse Rd Inman Valley. Now in its second year this intimate music and arts event is set in a natural amphitheatre in the picturesque township of Inman Valley. For more details click here
McLaren Vale’s Spring Affair Festival – 6 Oct A roaming tour of 5 of McLaren Vale’s best know wineries as well as a pub tour. For more details click here
Victor Harbor Mainstreet Precinct Street Party – 4 Oct Ocean Street, Victor Harbor. A celebration of Stage 2 of the Main Street upgrade with stalls, food, live music and activities for the kids. Click here for details.