318: Back to the woods

I had a Sunday signage post all planned for today, but after taking my walk this morning I decided to take you back to the woods with me.  It’s so beautiful back there, especially now that the seasonal light is changing just a tad.

Today's view of the pond

It’s another warm and humid day, but not quite as warm (hot) as it has been.  We had some rain last night and that seems to have cooled things off slightly.  There is a nice breeze blowing, bringing hints of coolness.  The patch of blooming goldenrod must have been talking with the rest of the goldenrod in the meadows, telling them to keep up.  There are more and more patches of goldenrod flowers today than there were yesterday.

Great Blue Heron coming in for a landing

A Great Blue Heron, intent on catching something, didn’t seem to mind my company too much as long as I allowed him plenty of space and didn’t try to approach his side of the pond.

While I took my walk, M and his sister went for a bike ride.  M’s brother and sister-in-law, along with their dog Vuk, decided to try their hands (rods) at fishing.  Well, Vuk just went for the ride.  He may have gone for a swim as well.  I haven’t checked with them since I got back to the house.  They were still out there fishing when I returned.

As I entered the woods I noticed that the sunlight provided a sense of mystery and magic.  I put the camera on manual and had fun trying to capture the light and shadows.

The forest is not merely an expression or representation of sacredness, nor a place to invoke the sacred; the forest is sacredness itself.  Nature is not merely created by God, nature is God.  Whoever moves within the forest can partake directly of sacredness, experience sacredness with his entire body, breathe sacredness and contain it within himself, drink the sacred water as a living communion, bury his feet in sacredness, open his eyes and witness the burning beauty of sacredness.

~ Richard Nelson

The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.

~ John Muir

I set the white balance to open shade and experimented with aperture and shutter settings.  It was such a beautiful time to be in the woods that it was almost impossible to take a bad shot.

Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

~ Rabindranath Tagor

After a while I turned off the camera, leaned against one of the older and bigger trees, a tree that doesn’t seem to mind spending time with me, and enjoyed the gifts of light and shadow and the woods.

Thanks for joining me on my walk today.  I’ll be back tomorrow with some photos from the meadows where I also spent some time this morning.

24 Comments on “318: Back to the woods”

  1. there’s something magical about being in the woods. You saw and felt that today, for sure.

  2. jane tims says:

    Hi. Amazing how many ‘moods of the woods’ you have captured. Jane

  3. What beautiful colors you’re starting to get out there – and your woods photos look like paintings! 🙂

  4. As a child I loved taking walks through the bush, as we call it here in Australia, behind my family home. I could spend hours simply just ‘being’, which is a state which you seem to have enjoyed in the woods today. 🙂

    The pond looks so relaxing and I’m sure your family appreciated their fishing trip. Is that a smile I see on Vuk’s face? 🙂

  5. Kel says:

    ah, seeking refuge from the glaring heat of summer in the cool shade of the woods

  6. Kala says:

    They’re all lovely images Robin. The shot of the blue heron taking off is fantastic.

  7. Looks and sounds like a lovely day in the bogs! I love the way trees filter the light! Hope you have a great week, Robin!

  8. Pat Bean says:

    Thanks for letting me walk with you

  9. Karma says:

    I can see why you were taken with the light on this day.
    Love the landing heron shot too – the stripe of color on the spread wings is really eye-catching.

  10. tedgriffith says:

    Beautiful walk today, Robin. That first picture is really great. 🙂

  11. ladyfi says:

    Wonderful quotes to go with these lovely woodland shots!

  12. bearyweather says:

    It would be wonderful to sit and watch the blue heron … awkward looking bird who turns out to be quite graceful. Thanks for sharing your woods.

  13. penpusherpen says:

    those woods look full of mystery and magic Robin, In fact I;m sure they’re full of pesky pixies… and I’m sure I caught sight of a couple. 😉 … (I am sane you know, or at least I pretend to be. and no-ones twigged yet) … and ancient trees must have so many tales they could tell, if only we could understand. have a great day in your personal paradise… xPenx

  14. Robin says:

    Thank you so much everyone for your lovely comments. I’m rushing around a bit today, trying to get caught up. I have a feeling catching up won’t happen and I’ll have to start from where I am today. But I did want to let you all know I appreciate you keeping up with me. Thank you. 🙂

  15. comingeast says:

    Enjoyed my walk with you, Robin. You picked such appropriate quotes. Not so much to photograph where I live. A few shots of the ocean, and I’m about done.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, ComingEast. 🙂

      I bet you have more than you think you do to photograph, especially when it comes to the beach and the ocean.

  16. I’ve followed your blog since spring and i can now see changes in color of the grasses around the pond. I enjoy your outdoor ventures, Robin.

  17. elmediat says:

    Beautiful compositions.

  18. Derrick says:

    The textures in the pieces of wood are just delicious, Robin! And I really like your efforts at capturing the shadows in the woods. I’ve tried to do that several times and have never quite pulled it off as nicely as you have done.

  19. eof737 says:

    The woods continue to yield their magic to you… delicious! 🙂

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