"You will need high quality sound," the ad informs us, and offers solutions priced, I am certain, in the thousands of dollars. Meanwhile, the birds are offering us high quality sound for free.
I'm guessing many more people can name the contestants in the latest reality television shows than can name the birds and mammals that frequent their yard...if they are aware of them at all. This style of "Outdoor Living" is one that perpetuates that type of "Indoor" consciousness that is disconnected and alienated from the sources of life and joy that exist in the natural world..
The photo is of a beautiful space, one where I might like to hang out with some friends from time to time. But look at how the furniture is arranged... everybody facing the screen. This is a photograph that suggests a devolved ideal of social life, reducing interactions with even our closest friends to chips-and-beer-fueled (or in Sonoma County, where I live, cheese-and-wine-fueled) discussions of the behavioral peccadilloes of screen people.
The photo suggests wealth, but the concept is profoundly impoverished in all the ways that matter. This way of thinking, my friends, is what is killing the environment, as much as anything else.
Get outside. Leave your cell phone at home or in the car. Give yourself the free gift of an hour or two of "outdoor living." Enjoy the free high-quality sounds of the flowing streams, the caress of the breezes in the tops of the trees, the soothing hum of the cicadas, the social chatter of the birds. And, yes, conversations with your trail companions.