Thursday, May 28, 2015

Just Making Our Brains Work Better at the Beach

Just looking at nature can help your brain work better, study finds
In a study published in the journal Environmental Psychology, the University of Melbourne’s Kate Lee and a group of colleagues found that interrupting a tedious, attention-demanding task with a 40-second “microbreak” — in which one simply looks at a computerized image of a green roof — improved focus as well as subsequent performance on the task.
So if 40 second "microbreak" helps, imagine what an hour does!
Warm, humid, and partly cloudy today. The wind that kept things crisp for the last few days was down to a mere 10 mph from the southwest.

There were a bunch of different butterflies in the dunes, a male Black Swallowtail above, and a pair of American Ladies on the left (I suspect one is a man from the way it followed the other).
A white form Clouded Sulphur on the right (female, by virtue of being white)
A Variegated Frittilary.
An Osprey flew by on the way to the nest with a fish firmly grasped in it's talons. (Click to expand and you can see the fish tail).

Beauty and the Beast.

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