Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.
From David Wagoner,
Traveling Light: Collected and New Poems
I’ve been making friends with the forest I live in. Trees and plants have become friends that I wave to and smile on my hikes. There is community here and I feel welcomed and understood. I will very much miss them all when it is time to say goodbye. But like all my good friends, they have become a part of me.
I found this photo in a folder named “Originals”. It’s the long walk I used to take with Farley. Where the blind herder with marbles in his eyes led his goats and carried drained rabbits. Where one of the seven crosses of Guanajuato stoically bares its chest to the wind, keeping its eyes on the churches and their bells. I still go there sometimes. In my dreams.
Yesterday, Marly and I spent the day at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. The Park has over 80 miles of trails. We took the 10.5 mile Sunset – Skyline to the Sea Trail. Here are a couple of waterfalls we saw along the way. That’s Berry Creek Falls on top, and I believe Marly is next to Cascade Falls, the Golden which later drops into Silver Falls.
We moved through a surround sound of forest throughout the day: wind, bird calls, rushing water that sounded like wind, and the silence of the majestic and patient old growth Redwoods. What a fantastic day.
I spent my day off at Wilder Ranch State Park. Just me, lots of sun, my camera, some chickens and a cat. The buildings were desolate and in perfect disrepair.
She’s magic. When I’m around her, I feel as though my fairy godmother has taken out her wand and alchemized the entire world so that it glows with love.