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Ardhasaig with Clisham, Isle of Harris, Scotland. Photo: Chris Combe, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons.

My walks taught me to value nature simply for its existence, its remarkable beauty, its complexity, the interdependence of all its pieces, and the joy it gives me.

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Looking South over the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Photo: © User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Each walk was new even when we returned to the same place. In spring there would be warm grouse eggs to hold briefly, later chicks to watch racing for cover. Over fifty years later, I still walk on Sundays.

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