Many researchers have been interested in the increased awareness and perceptiveness of people when they're in nature. Perhaps this is due to our senses being more fully engaged. When in the natural environment, you never know what you'll see. It's fluid, yet unpredictable. Your senses have more to take in when you're in the natural environment, and many wonder what those benefits those have on us.
The next time you're with us in the Upper Newport Bay, discover the benefits for yourself. Here are a few tips to get your 5 senses getting to know the Upper Newport Bay:
- Sight: The prickly pear (Optunia littoralis) can often be found hiding around the corner, take a look, but it's a little prickly - be careful!
- Hearing: Listen for the various birds that call the Back Bay their home. The soaring Osprey is a local favorite ;)
- Touch: Feel the beautiful golden flowers of bush sunflower (Encelia californica) when it is in bloom during the fall!
- Smell: Sometimes called the “Cowboy Cologne”, dating from our western days, California sagebrush (Artemisia californica) has a delicate sage smell that you can pick up by brushing your hands over its small soft leaves.
- Taste: Lastly, you can even use your sense of taste at the Back Bay (however, we do not recommend eating any of the plants without a well-educated and experienced guide). Lemonade berry (Rhus integrifolia) had to get it’s name from somewhere and the small berries it produces do resemble the sourness of a lemon when ripe.
See you soon :)