Sunday saunter

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.

~ Henry David Thoreau

The plan was to take you for a walk around the pond today to show off the snow, the ice, and the bitter cold.

Ice on a pond, but not the pond here at Breezy Acres and not today's ice.

But oh my, the cold out there is biting, bitter, blasting, numbing.  Raw.  The wind cuts right through all the layers of clothing and it seems impossible to stay warm.  I thought my face would shatter if someone were to touch it.

I did take a few photos while I was outside this afternoon, but they’re not good enough to post.  So instead of a walk around the pond in the intense cold, I decided we should go for a walk in the woods of Quail Hollow State Park that involves a little time travel back to January 7th.

It was still somewhat chilly that day, but at least the sun was shining and the wind wasn’t trying to pierce through clothing and skin.  It was quiet in the woods except for the occasional cawing of a crow or drumming of a woodpecker.

The light in the coniferous forest was as the light almost always is in that part of the woods:  An ethereal glow that sometimes seems to emanate from the trees themselves.

It’s not hard to believe there is magic, that you’ve strolled into an enchanted forest.

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.

~ Henry David Thoreau

Thank you for hiking a little ways into the forest with me.  I’m going to stop here for a while to enjoy the light, and to breathe in the scent of the pine trees.  Just follow that trail above to eventually leave the woods whenever you’re ready.

48 Comments on “Sunday saunter”

  1. Marcie says:

    What gorgeous light!! Looks like you’re seeing first signs of spring!

  2. Beautiful post!! 🙂

  3. Wow, that forest really does look enchanted! How lovely!

  4. Kathy says:

    It does look enchanted. Your writing is enchanted. Must we awaken, or can we bring that enchantment with us into our waking life?

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kathy. 🙂

      I’m pretty sure we can bring that enchantment with us into our waking life. You do it on your blog all the time. 😀

  5. Beautiful photos, Robin. I miss hiking in the woods, look forward to getting back to it in the spring and enjoying views like these. You really captured the atmosphere of light through tall trees – magical and peaceful.

  6. love the golden hues of that first pic.

  7. jeanne says:

    What a magical place…thanks for the hike!

  8. Wow Beautiful photos!

  9. judithhb says:

    Where is this magical place Robin, although you manage to make everyplace magical with your great photos. thanks again for sharing. Go inside; keep warm and go out again once the temperature rises.

  10. We’ve had lots of the same “biting winds” here.. my poor dog’s walks get completely shortened on those days. I wouldn’t mind, but the ground is dry and brown so not only is it cold, there’s not much to look at or photography as well. Thank goodness for your January photos.. it gave me a little, much needed break from our scenery here…

  11. Oh! This is truly an enchanted forest, Robin! I absolutely LOVE this set!

  12. Carla says:

    Quail Hollow is lovely. Thanks for sharing and stay warm! 🙂 It was cold here too, meaning in the 40s! Actually 30s this morning – brrr!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Carla. 🙂

      Cold is relative, isn’t it? 30s and 40s are somewhat warm for this time of year here in the Bogs, but to you it would be cold. Normally I’m acclimated to the 20s by now, but the bouncing back and forth between cold and warm makes it hard to get used to it.

  13. jane tims says:

    Hi. I like the reflections in your first photo. It is hard to convey the idea of cold when the light (equals warmth) is so present. Very nice walk. Thanks, Jane

  14. aFrankAngle says:

    The glimmers of light …. ahhhhh

  15. It does have the feel of an enchanted forest…just the thing for a Sunday stroll!

  16. cidnlars says:

    I love the glow!!!! …and the spindly little branches on the trees!! Great photos!

  17. ladyfi says:

    The golden light looks so warm – deceptively so – but oh, it’s beautiful!

  18. Pat Bean says:

    The woods, the pond and words from Thoreau. What a perfectly a.wesome blog

  19. I really think this is one of your best yet.

  20. Cmsmith says:

    You’ve really captured and shared the mood here. It’s almost as good as being there. Almost.

  21. Your camera catches a lot of magic – the forest does seem to have the ethereal glow you describe as coming from the trees. Beautiful!

  22. Coming East says:

    The way you have captured the light is stunning.

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