Recently, I was up north in Scotts Valley at Mission Springs Conference Center for a week-long training class for my pastor's license. It was a great week of encouragement and learning that I thoroughly enjoyed. But the greatest part of the week was getting to live in the woods along the coast above Santa Cruz. Surrounded by redwoods, pines, colorful flowers, and blue sky, I was allowed to see natural beauty on a constant basis. This is a shot of the main open area of the conference area.
The flora all around the conference center is beautiful and abundant. Even the bees are friendly as long as you don't bother them in their pollen gathering.
"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."
~ John Muir