nature: "Lions and Tigers and Pears - Oh Deer!!" - 10/04/19 11:38 AM
Rural life has great benefits - clean air, beautiful views, and elbow room for the soul. But it also has its share of hazards: Lions (Mountain), and Tigers (Lilies - toxic to pets) and Pears! (Well, Pears are not exactly hazardous, but they can lead to frustration and disappointment.)
Here's the story: 
Earlier this year, we posted a video explaining how to prune fruit trees for better production. After that demo, spring brought excellent results - full, bright blossoms that promised a bounty of apples and pears.  

I (Bernie) continued to prune unwanted sprouts, spray with organic oil, and generally ensure there were no bugs.  … (55 comments)

nature: Bring Nature's Restorative Power Indoors - Biophilic Design - 05/21/19 09:27 AM
Biophilic Design - The Relationship between Humans and Nature
We continue to learn spending time in natural settings is restorative. It's one of the big reasons we specialize in homes located in soothing environments. A growing body of evidence confirms being in nature has a profoundly positive impact on our mental, emotional, and physical well-being
This nature-wellness link is resulting in a rising interest in biophilic design. Biophilia literally translates to "the passionate love of life and all that is alive."  Therefore, from corporate offices to personal homes, architects and designers are working to help people feel happier, healthier, and more focused at work, and at home. 
Over a … (41 comments)

nature: What Can We Learn From Nature? Everything! - 05/03/19 07:42 AM

What can we learn from nature? Everything!
It turns out, we are surrounded by brilliantly-designed inventions that can teach us a lot. "Biomimicry" is the science that studies nature's inventions to inspire innovations for our daily lives. In short, old ideas are new ideas - and they are just waiting to be discovered. Plus, mimicking nature helps identify sustainable solutions that are compatible with our planet.
Natural resource scientist Janine Benyus is a huge proponent who says biomimicry is also a fresh look at how we view the world. "[W]e live in a competent universe, we are part of a brilliant planet, and we are surrounded … (47 comments)

nature: Sounds of Spring on the Trail - Lacamas Heritage Trail, Camas WA - 04/17/19 09:30 AM
One of our favorite places to run, walk, or just sit and listen, is the Lacamas Heritage Trail in Camas, Washington. Lucky us, it's just minutes from home too. Even Mac, our white golden retriever, was smiling during our hour-long outing. We had to take a minute and just listen...although, Mac would rather have been in the water. 
Happy Spring - don't forget to soak up the signts, and the sounds. 

nature: Go Take a Hike! It's Healthy for Your Body and Your Brain. - 04/09/19 10:04 AM
 Photo Courtesy of The Columbian, 2009
In the Pacific Northwest, the spring hiking season is about to get underway. April's rainy weather makes our local trails muddy and slippery, therefore, we are still a few weeks out.  May will bring an influx of adventurous people in boots and backpacks, ready to exercise their bodies and quiet their minds. 
We both enjoyed reading a recent article regarding the benefits of hiking. The part we especially found interesting is how it impacts our brain. A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that spending time in nature significantly decreases negative thought processes. Especially, the type of obsessive … (19 comments)

nature: Almost Wordless Wednesday - Wondering on a March Wind - 03/27/19 10:16 AM
" I cannot change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." 
-Jimmy Dean 
 This week, the gorge winds are blowing at our rural home in Camas, Washington. We enjoy the watching the tree limbs dance and listening to the tones of wind chimes as gusts swirl across the landscape. While we cannot actually see the wind, it always lets us know when it passes through. And, it generally carries a welcome reminder about expectations and resilience.

nature: Celebrating the Green on St. Patrick's Day - 03/17/19 08:39 AM
Wearing green on St. Patrick's Day is said to make one invisible to leprechauns and fairies. Otherwise, the mischievous woodland sprites will sneak up and pinch anyone who isn't wearing green today.
It's likely no surprise to learn we are celebrating the Green today, and everyday for that matter. We think it's too bad Mother Nature can't send out fairy creatures to pinch any of us who forget to honor the green/environment. 
Regardless of how you celebrate St. Patrick's Day, we hope you take a moment to recognize the amazing power of green in our lives. Green spaces impact on our physical and mental health in profoundly positive ways. 
Happy St. Patrick's Day to … (19 comments)

nature: A Perfect View to Start the New Year - Nature As Neighbors - 01/02/19 07:33 AM

One of our clients posted this glorious photo on my Facebook timeline yesterday, with a message - "To the start a New Year. Thanks again for all your help." We both think it's a pretty powerful testimonial and clearly reflects our brand, ViewHomes™. They moved in at the end of October, and I've been getting weekly photos via text with a comment, such as "Pinch me, I can't believe this is our home," or " I never want to leave." 
The luxury of elbow room for the soul, with nature as neighbors, fill and soothe busy souls. Science backs us up too. Simply looking at scenes … (34 comments)

nature: Almost Wordless Wednesday - Papa's Got a Brand New Bag - 12/19/18 08:42 AM
This Father Winter statue on our mantle reflects the outdoors. He reminds us of the seasonal beauty found during the winter months. In the bag, he carries pine cones, twigs, greenery, and berries - Nature's decorations. We wish you special moments to reflect on the beauty that surrounds us this time of year. Connect, breathe, and appreciate - all is calm, all is bright. 

nature: The Sounds of Sage in Sonoma - 10/28/18 10:10 AM
You could not deny the activity going on dawn to dusk in the salvia (aka Sage) gardens at the home we were renting in Sonoma last week. Saliva is the largest genus of plants in the mint family. They are heat and drought resistant and a perfect choice for dry climates. Although, with nearly a thousand varieties, there's a salvia choice for nearly every part of the continental United States.
Some saliva plants are magnets for attracting pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. That was certainly the case for this variety. At first, I (Debb) thought it was Russian Sage, I have it at … (25 comments)

nature: Fourth of July - This year, It's for the Birds! - 07/04/18 10:05 AM

The triplets are growing.  ( Only two cooperated for the photo.) Our resident nest of Dark-eyed Juncos has kept us (well, more me) busy in the past week and a half - nervously watching. The nest hangs in a flower basket right outside one of our bedroom windows. Therefore, I've taken it upon myself to keep a check on them while their mom is out finding food. Bernie calls me the surrogate mom - neurotic, but well-meaning. I think he's right. One day, I failed to see either of the parent birds come to the nest and was certain a cat, or something, must … (22 comments)

nature: Are You My Mother? - 06/27/18 04:38 PM

We have a Dark-Eyed Junco nest hanging in a fuchsia basket outside our bedroom window. For two-weeks, I've waited patiently to see three little eggs hatch. The mother bird has been patient too, sitting on the nest nearly day and night. 
Finally, a few days ago, while the mom went on a food run,  I spotted scrawny little bodies squirming around the bottom of the nest. Opening the window, I quickly took this photo, trying not to disturb them.
Sensing my presence, one of the triplets opened his beak for a meal. It reminded me of the classic children's story, "Are You My Mother?" by PD Eastman.  Less than a minute later, I saw their real … (26 comments)

nature: View Homes in Clark County WA - Connecting to Nature at Home  - 06/23/18 01:35 PM
Craving a Connection to Nature?
Homes in Nature are a Retreat from an often Frenetic World 
A number of our relocation clients move to our area for a more relaxed lifestyle. We completely understand. Traffic jams, crowds, and a frantic pace aren’t our first choice either. The classic tale of the tortoise and the hare comes to mind, with our own twist. 
Instead of zooming between point A and point B, the wise slow-moving reptile may understand life is more about savoring the journey than winning races. Meanwhile, as the tale goes, the confident rabbit decides to rest and falls asleep. In our interpretation, the … (13 comments)

nature: Homes in Soothing Settings are Good for Our Health - 05/29/18 10:52 AM

We believe having Nature As Neighbors and elbow for the soul is calming. EcoTherapy is a form of support that connects anxious or depressed individuals with the energy in Nature. We completely understand. Further, we think most of us are in need of a regular Nature fix. Our business, and personal, philosophy reflects our connection and respect for the environment. Homes with acreage and soothing views ground us in life’s energy. It’s renewing and healing.
If you're interested in learning more, here's a link to some of our articles on the topic. 
Got Nature? We do! 
Want to live longer? Live Green! 
Getting your Vitamin N - For … (25 comments)

nature: A Moment in Nature - Blue Heron Surprise - 05/05/18 09:28 AM
Recently, while shooting a lifestyle video for one of our listings in Felida, we had the camera overlooking a spot on the trail. It was a fortuitous spot to choose too. At first, we didn't notice the Great Blue Heron standing on the bank. Nature has ensured these wading birds easily blend in with the habitat along waterways - where they frequently dine. 
In addition to the benefit of natural camouflage, they are also able to stand motionless for extended periods of time, waiting patiently for prey to venture near. What a wonderful surprise to see this delightful creature make a move. Although, we weren't … (34 comments)

nature: Easter Hopes and Hops - Nature As Neighbors - 04/01/18 08:30 AM

We both wish you a happy and joyful Easter celebration. And, while the day will be celebrated by many faiths in many different ways, to most children it is one of those magical holidays filled with excitement and wonder. It's a day of big hopes - and big hops.  Our hope is to always remember to view life through the eyes of a child. 

nature: Clark County, Washington Rainfall - Finding Rainbows in the Rain - 03/18/18 01:12 PM
We hear a lot of jokes about how much it rains here, and in the Pacific Northwest in general.  However, you might be surprised to see weather statistics for the United States. 

Florida, Louisiana,  Mississippi, and Alabama are actually the wettest states in the country.  Washington state ranks at number thirty, with about 38.5 inches of rainfall a year. In Clark County, Washington, depending upon where one lives, we get about 40-50 inches of rain each year. The national average is 39 inches a year. 
However, the rain we do get tends to fall over a longer period of time - and we do get some … (22 comments)

nature: Views to Soothe - View Homes are Good for Your Health - Really! - 02/17/18 07:29 AM

Just looking at scenes of nature can have a positive impact on our minds and bodies.  According to an increasing number of studies, looking at scenes of nature reduces anger, fear and stress, and increases feelings of overall well-being. Incredible isn't it?
Although, we're not suggesting you should ditch your time spent in the great outdoors. It's always good to move our bodies and breathe in fresh air. However, adding to the positive benefits of having a connection to nature full-time is possible when you live in a home with soothing and natural views. In addition, having some land to garden and tend … (29 comments)

nature: Summit At Autumn Hills on Livingston Mountain - Nature As Neighbors - 01/12/18 08:07 AM

The Summit at Autumn Hills 
We enjoy selling and showing homes in The Summit at Autumn Hills neighborhood on Livingston Mountain. It's one of our favorite neighborhoods to call home in Camas. It's no wonder too. The Summit is surrounded by towering pines, alders, and wildlife. A true destination for the "Nature as Neighbors™" lifestyle.
Residents claim they get more days of sunshine, thanks to the higher elevation. And if you're dreaming of a White Christmas, this neighborhood has a far greater chance of seeing that happen. While we can't guarantee it, three Christmas' out of last three years did have measurable snow on the ground. 
The gated community … (18 comments)

nature: Lacamas Heritage Trail - Another Reason to Call Camas, WA Home - 01/10/18 12:19 PM

One of our favorite trails in the Camas area is Lacamas Heritage Trail. The path is lined with towering evergreens, deciduous trees, and plenty of underbrush as it winds its way along Lacamas Creek and Lacamas Lake. The views are ever-changing too, depending upon the time of day, weather, or the season.
It's a great trail for spotting wildlife. We've seen everything from deer to bobcats, geese, and great blue heron. The sightings add to the enjoyable experience of connecting with Nature. And by now, we all know how beneficial it is to take some time outdoors to soak up soothing views. It's good for … (14 comments)

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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Camas, WA

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ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

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Debb Janes and Bernie Stea have been a real estate team for over a decade in Clark County, WA, where they specialize in ViewHomes™, family estates, multi-generational living, and homes with large lots or acreage.




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