So, of course, I look for tea preparing spots, as often as possible. And I try to make sure harmony, in every details (tea, spot, tea wear, water, mind, etc) will be present in a very natural way. It's very easy, because you only have to follow the tea's guidance.
When I find the right place, I settle down in quietness, simply open my senses, and then, prepare a nice cup of tea. I just enjoy the moment and certainly don't try to analyze the tea's flavors, because it's a moment for BEING, nothing else but being. Watching nature and drinking tea in the purity of mindfulness. Nothing more. In that way, I always feel a sort of lucidity, and get to meet fantastic things, such as animals, special flowers, fruits, shooting stars at night, breathtaking sunsets... I feel so lucky when I meet, for example: dancing butterflies or dragonflies, frogs, snakes, squirrels, powerful trees, etc. It seems I'm exactly at the right place, on the right time. A few days ago, I found crayfishes in the little river near my home. I was really glad to know it means that the water is pure and unpolluted (even though I wouldn't brew tea with it!).
Beauty is everywhere present in the world, and it's something very important to see, because it can bring a sense of unity, naturally inspiring the will to preserve and protect all living things. Tea also provides this sense of unity and a deep understanding of Nature.
The spider above was patiently waiting for any small insect which would fall on its web, and grab it in less than a second. I was quite impressed of its particular beauty, beyond its scaring aspect (and I can tell you it was a very big spider!). We could easily be repulsed by such animals, (and it's an interesting mechanism to observe), but when looking very carefully, we can see their perfect beauty.
In tea gardens, you can also meet all sorts of animals, insects, or wild flowers. And each of them have a special part to play. We also know that some teas need specific insects to develop their aromas and fragrances, which represents a few cases. More generally, the ecosystem interactions are very rich and important.
The example of chicken is an interesting one, because they are very useful, eating all sorts of unwanted bugs in the tea bushes, which will provide shade to them on hot days, in a well-balanced relation.
Looking at nature reveals the deep harmony existing in the universe. And coming across mother nature's gifts of any kind gives the opportunity to realize it.
For humans, tea is a very particular gift. This plant has something absolutely unique, and concerns so many people around the world. Tea's vibration is obviously very strong and special. No other plant could bring as much benefits. Tea spreads its peace message in an absolute subtle, yet profound way since thousands of years.
Nature's treasures are everywhere. So, we owe to train ourselves to see and appreciate them. It's really our responsibility to cultivate open- mindeness, and that's exactly one of the things tea teaches us.
Drinking tea outdoors, in a special place, is not only a great moment. It's most of all the occasion to look within ourselves, and see the inside and the outside are one.