It had been a long while since I had gone to the woods by myself so I practically ran.
I spent so much time over the holidays inside malls, inside the house, inside the car, doing, doing, doing. It was time to just “be”.
I took all of these photos on Friday.
First stop was the chicken coop where I found some eggs. Walter begged and begged to go on the walk with me but I said “no” right away because I knew (from what Grace had told me) that all he would do is feel lost and scared and meow a lot. Therefore, I put the eggs and the cat in the house.
I’m so thankful to live close to running water. In fact, I was outside again yesterday in the cold sun, laying back on the frozen ground with my eyes shut, listening to the sound of it.
The tree I hugged.
funny icicles hanging down from a fallen pine tree
Looks like snow or styrafoam, but it’s really some kind of fungus.
more pretty pretty fungus on a fallen tree
The sunshine was really lovely to see on this walk, after several gloomy days.
I am an admirer of ice.
In fact, I ate a bite of it. It tasted good, like pine, but later on when I gave some to Sarah she spit it out and said it “tasted like the stench of the forest.”
As I made my way around to the stream again (the same stream from near our house, only deeper in the woods) I found that it had flooded the day before, well beyond its banks. Then, it froze overnight and the next morning when the water started to recede, it left its coat of ice spreading across the ground.
I stood up on a bank to take this photo, looking down across the ice. I closed my eyes and could hear it falling and cracking. It almost sounded like someone else walking throught it in the distance, but I was alone.
I got as close as I could to the water and sat on a frozen moss covered boulder for a while.
(A good thinking spot.)
I didn’t see any birds but the closer I got to the field the more I could hear them.
The trees had sheets of ice hanging off their lower branches. Sometimes a wind would blow gently through and shake the ice enough to make a sound like soothing wind chimes.
It was all such a delight and my face was pleasantly cold. It felt good to BREATHE.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say over and over again. Everytime I go outside for a walk I get surprised (and smile a lot) over something in God’s big beautiful world. Which is why I always take my camera along.
My heart, mind, and soul go back home refreshed.
“If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love you very much.”