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The Forest Floor

I was super-jazzed to capture these images last weekend. We were hiking a short but completely enchanting woodland trail; the entire path was covered in a carpet of emerald-green moss and strewn with a mosaic of fallen leaves. Some of the leaves boasted colors and textures that made them stand-alone works of art. I wish I could have recorded the sounds; a chorus of little frogs sang their wee hearts out the whole way, and at one point, we heard the repeated cries of an eagle on top of the chirps of other little birds loving life in their enchanted forest.

Having grown up on a steady diet of William Blake and Robert Louis Stevenson, I was just all excited when we spotted toadstools. Seriously. I was waiting for the elves to appear. Or not. One way or another, capturing three spiders in their webs on a single frond of dried milkweed was just as good. Enjoy!

The Forest Floor

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Posted October 22nd, 2011.

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Skagit River, Northern Washington State, USA

Anishinaabekwe, the Daughter,  You are the keepers of the water.
I am Nibi…water…the sacred source,  The blood of Aki, Mother Earth,
The force filling dry seeds to great bursting.  I am the wombs cradle.
I purify.

Nibi, the life giver…  Forever the Circle’s charge
I have coursed through our Mother’s Veins.  Now hear my sorrow and my pain
In the river’s rush, the rain…

I am your grandchildren’s drink.
Listen, Daughters, always.
You are the keepers of the water.
Hear my cry,
For the springs flow darkly now  Through the heart of Aki
American Indian, Ojibwa, Minnesota

Posted October 15th, 2011.

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Ebey’s Landing, Whidbey Island, Washington, USA

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. 

The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

~John Muir

The following images were taken last weekend at Ebey’s Landing on Whidbey Island, Washington, USA.   The preserve features hiking trails that make up a five-mile loop and boasts views of Mt. Baker, the Puget Sound, and the lush, fertile farmland that falls in-between.  The trail is moderately difficult and not for those who suffer from vertigo.  For me, it is like church.

Ebey's Landing, Whibey Island, Washington, USA

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Posted October 11th, 2011.

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