“A day’s brightness is determined by the light in our hearts.”
― A.D. Posey
This ‘solitaire’ is not the same as the one I posted few days ago. Yesterday, after a morning of intense work, I needed to break free for a short time to regenerate, so I took to the conservation area just a few minutes walk from home and entered into the forest for some much-needed respite from the craziness of the day.
I’m frankly not sure what I would do if I did not have a forest close by to retreat into. Yet, I can still find myself uninspired in the familiar. This forest, at first glance, even at second, is a bit dull compared to the many other wonderful trails I have close by, but life does not always afford me the time to venture too far away, even briefly. So, here I stand, in such familiarity, within a commonplace wood, which I have sojourned so many times. You’d think there would be nothing left to discover, nothing of significance. Yet, nature astounds me in her diversity and constant surprises.
In a very familiar expanse of trees, this wonderful, singular, beech sapling presented itself to me, golden leaves shivering in the cold December breeze. I stood transfixed at this simple marvel. It’s just what I needed. Something to remind me of the boundless energy and beauty that surrounds me, even when I get caught up in the busyness of work and life.
As I sat processing the image, trying to adequately extract the ‘feel’ of the moment, a great smile came to my face and I just spent time with the image, recalling the wonder of the moment. I am blessed with so many of these moments and I am ever grateful for the privilege nature provides me. Simple, singular moments, when I’m privileged to enter, fully, into the life of the forest. It sustains me, moment by moment. Even on the dullest, coldest days, brightness reveals itself, even in a simple shiver of leaves.
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1/4 sec, f/25.0, ISO 400
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What a lovely post! Luck you to have the forest so close, Ed. It’s a great privilege indeed.
Have a great weekend, Dina
Thank you Dina
Wonderful image, and story behind it. My own wood is minutes away, and very small and familiar, but there is always the chance to escape there for a bit, and often something new to see.
Thank goodness for small blessings and places to rest in 🙂