Time spent in nature is great for mind, body and soul. But event spending time looking at images of nature can be helpful, too.

With that in mind, here’s a brief but enveloping video created by Bates multimedia producer Theophil Syslo after a recent visit to Bates–Morse Mountain Conservation Area.

Besides the sites of the coastal gem, you’ll hear sounds, gurgling and burgling of water, waves crashing, a cooling breeze through the pitch pine, scrub oak, and other trees.

Theophil Syslo/Bates College

And how is viewing scenes of nature helpful? The reason is explained in what’s called Attention Restoration Theory, which suggests that images of natural scenes can restore our ability to focus and sustain our attention. So, happy viewing!

(Professor of Psychology Todd Kahan points to this scholarly article for more about Attention Restoration Theory.)

Managed by Bates for research and educational purposes, BMMCA comprises some 600 acres of permanently protected salt marshes and coastal uplands on the Phippsburg peninsula. The Nature Conservancy holds conservation easements on the property, which is owned by the nonprofit Bates–Morse Mountain Conservation Area Corporation.

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