“Alone in the Forest”
“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more”
― George Gordon Byron
Alone, but not for much longer.
Very soon, this Trout Lily will be surrounded by a sea of yellow blossoms.
Once more, I came across an isolated blossom surrounded by many other plants about to bloom. What became evident to me, as I made this low angle image was just how alone the flower ‘seemed’ against the backdrop of the forest. yet, it is not alone at all.
I spend much of my time on trails, in the forest, on the water alone. It’s a conscious choice I make. Being alone, gives me all the time I need to create my images and simply drink in my surroundings, my schedule is my own, the moment, my own. While I do love the companionship of my wife, family, or friends while hiking, that is a different experience altogether. It’s nice to share my sacred places, and talk about the experience, but it’s not the same as the solitary experience. Perhaps my blogging practice is a way for me to share those moments with others in a way that still allows me to ability to recharge in my solitude?
iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/1050 sec; f/1.8; ISO 20
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Beautiful image and post. I love the parallels of the solitude of the flower and that of its observer. Peaceful.
Very vibrant flower blossoming according to her own schedule, glowing with joy in knowing that it is her moment, even with the quiet presence of the buds that surround her. Beautiful picture, poem, and reflection, Ed.
I share your reverence for solitude.
Like you, and Byron, it’s that “I love not man the less, but nature more.”
Sometimes I’ll go as far as quoting Clemens, to wit:
“The more I know of people, the more I like dogs.”