I am setting up a little project in my community where I will be asking people to contribute blog posts about nature/ the natural world and I thought it would be fun to do the same here.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or even good… Works in progress welcome. You can stick to nature as a topic or pick something else. This is my first offering to get things started, about taking a walk through the woods as an act of kindness to myself.
Stepping into the shade of the trees almost transcends time, the beginning of a journey where endless possibilities stretch out in all directions. I tread the same path as so many others have and many more will. All of us making our own way, separately but together, part of something bigger.
A twenty minute route stretches out to an hour. Taking the time to pause, to think, to not think, to be. I amble. I stop. I look up. I reach out. I breathe in the scent of the earth and the sound of the birdsong. A twig makes a satisfying crunch underfoot. Squirrels and blackbirds scurry through the dried leaves. A robin dips down onto a fence before flying off again.
I notice. The wallpaper pattern of the rowan tree. The sun turning leaves different shades of green. The shadows and the light shining through. The twists and turns of trunks and branches, the obstacles they grew around long since disappeared. The mushrooms emerging from stumps, the growth alongside the decay. The intricate network of the wood wide web and the life it sustains.
Amazing what we can see when we stop to look.