Nature Observation

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Nature is very beautiful. Sometimes it is hard to realize the true beauty of nature living in New York City. We are often too busy rushing to get to work or to school to be able to stop and stare at a garden full of colorful flowers and flying bees surrounding them, transporting pollen from one to another. Our lives are too hectic to sit in the park and enjoy the cool breeze or take time to soak up the sun. We get annoyed when we are awakened by the chirping of birds singing to each other at sunrise, or by the insects at night making noise outside of our window depriving us of our much needed sleep. The closest we get to enjoying nature is the waterfall screensaver on our computers.

I took a few minutes to sit down and enjoy the beauty of nature right outside of Marillac Hall on St. John’s campus. I chose this location because I am never really on campus unless I have class. As I sat by the trees on this windy afternoon savoring my Starbucks and black and white cookie, I saw squirrels chasing each other picking at nuts. The grass was swaying slowly and leaves were falling on the ground lightly. The air smelled of fresh air, wet soil and fast food. All I could think to myself was how much I am anticipating the arrival of autumn. My favorite season of the year is fall. It is the time of year when leaves change color from green to brown, red, yellow or orange and fall onto the sidewalks making crunchy sounds as you step among them. Fall presents a time of year when we put away our sandals and bathing suits and take out our scarves, boots and sneakers. The weather becomes breezier and the nights come faster. The holiday season is around the corner allowing us time away from school to be with our families to celebrate. In my opinion, nothing can go wrong in the fall. The season is too cheery and joyful for any negativity to go on. As I stepped off of campus and walked onto Union Turnpike however, all I saw were fallen branches and sidewalks lifted as if a force...
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