“The days warm and forest paths call me into the depths of nature, I am home again.” – Ed Lehming
The forest floor is now flush with green and visible life returns once more. Thought the trees are still bare I can see a fine haze od green and yellow high above me. It will be mere days till the canopy forms anew.
Narrow paths draw me forward to explore new places and my eyes see familiar things like Trout Lilies, Trilliums, and Lily of the Valley. Bright and healthy green with splashes of pink, yellow, and white blossoms stretch into the woods before me. This is like taking a fresh breath for me, it’s a balm for my spirit as I once more connect deeply with my beloved forest.
I have anticipated this “awakening” even more this year. With all the uncertainty in our world as we learn to deal with the evolving realities of COVID-19, there is nothing uncertain about the forest and that offers me hope and encouragement, as well as a place where I can be with my thoughts and emotions and simply ‘be’. It’s a real blessing to have this so close to me.
iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/1600 sec; f/1.8; ISO 20
“A kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed color. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to. And there were no limits to anything. And the people of the world were good and handsome. And I was not afraid any more.” ― John Steinbeck
A sleepy, gentle start to the day, now two weeks ago. This day started a bit less foggy than others, yet the water was still as late migrating waterfowl lazed about in the chilly lake and the sky shifted from gray, to shades of pink, gold, and blue. There’s also still a hint of colour on the distant shore, dispersed among the conifers.
As I sit writing this post, soft jazz sooths me further, recalling this beautiful morning. We need to savour this serenity in our busy world whenever it offers its gifts to us. Though I was only on Fraser Lake for four days this fall, each morning dawned slightly differently. The first morning being quite raw and choppy progressing to the glass-like appearance above and remaining so the rest of my stay, offering many photo opportunities.
I’ve spent many summers, falls, and winters on the lake and its shores. One summer was spent paddling the entire shoreline enjoying the diversity of plants and wildlife and that same winter enjoying cross-country skiing on the ice covered lake.
Then I consider that this is a single lake among thousands that dot the Ontario and recognise that there are more memories to come as I explore the province in live in.
“Have you ever seen the dawn? Not a dawn groggy with lack of sleep or hectic with mindless obligations and you about to rush off on an early adventure or business, but full of deep silence and absolute clarity of perception? A dawning which you truly observe, degree by degree. It is the most amazing moment of birth. And more than anything it can spur you to action. Have a burning day.” ― Vera Nazarian
Dawn arrived cool and crisp, just below freezing, touching the earth with a light frosting. After the warm summer, the lake was still warm and mist hovered above the water in dancing tendrils of gold. Autumn has arrived in Ontario and though I will miss the long warm days, there is something about this snap and freshness in the air that is so invigorating. The heat parched plants of summer almost take on new life and vitality as the mists flow over them.
The light this time of year has a different feel, a warmth that is lacking in the direct sun of summer. As the days shorten, there is a promise of many wonderful moments that await me.
iPhone 5s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 1/1800 sec; f/2.2; ISO 32