Wood Spirits

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Deep in the woods, the air is still and hung with mist. The light travels through shadows, leaning in long slow lines, and blushing through the folding ferns. Spirits hover almost unseen, at the very edges of vision, gone as soon as you glance.

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The shadows hold secrets and hidden form, playing in patterns across bark and crumbling wood. You feel a cool breath on your neck, and as you turn a wood pigeon clatters away through the low branches, breaking the silence into sharp shards.

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Heart of mystery
Held in green silence
Awaits the seekers footfall.

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About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home with my husband, my son and a collection of cats and dogs. I am forever snapping shots of things which catch my eye. I love art which is here now and gone tomorrow...like food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist, and run the Maggies Highlands Cancer Centre, in Inverness, Scotland.
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53 Responses to Wood Spirits

  1. F.G.M. says:

    Wonderful pictures! You have a very beautiful blog. I’m glad we’re now “connected”. Thanks for your visit & kind comment on my own blog. Have a nice Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. restlessjo says:

    That second shot gives me goosebumps! ๐Ÿ™‚ (in a good way)

  3. LB says:

    That second image is incredible! The shadows, the sunlight, the fern, the wooden stump … oh my, oh my I love it!

  4. Esther says:

    Reblogged this on Redefining Meditation and commented:
    When I did the Merging with the new Alive Earth Meditation today, it flowed right into a meditation that I wanted to post when I first read the following article this morning. I will post my experience of both tomorrow but in the mean time, if you feel lead, here is another meditation for you. You find yourself in the woods, there is a light carpet of fog around your ankles. The fog is the new “soup” that is penetrating both the Earth and us at this moment. The woods are scattered with beings, their hearts glowing like stars within their chests. They are like a map of stars laid within the forest and are our new connections with each other. Venture into the woods and experience both the place itself and any others who connect with you. Have Fun!

  5. gwynnrogers says:

    Oh MY… I SO love your exquisite pictures of nature. I feel like I’m there in the woods with you. The spirits are with me! I sooo wish you were near to teach me to use my camera as you do. Thank you

    • Oh Gwynn, I wish you could have been there with us….along with Ann Christine from Sweden of course ๐Ÿ™‚
      I would love to be able to show you how I use my camera….you will need to come for a visit!

  6. John Coleman says:

    Especially gorgeous shots today, Seonaid. Thanks and peace, John

    • Thanks John, as usual when I get such lovely light filled shots I wasn’t expecting it and nearly didn’t take my camera! The mist was just clearing and the low angles of the light = magic ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Absolutely lovely…they’re there, I can feel them…

  8. katieprior says:

    Beautiful! the close up is stunning. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Beautiful and oh so mysterious. I can really imagine playful spirits playing tricks on visitors to the these woods. I really love the shot of the tree stump!

  10. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I hear them whispering . . .

  11. I love being in the woods!
    These photos are stunning and you describe the setting so eloquently. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. ladyfi says:

    Lovely shots – I can almost feel nature’s sprites.

  13. You’ve caught the green stillness perfectly. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Wow! I really felt the cold breath on my neck. Strong story!

  15. Leya says:

    Oh, the light, Seonaid! I’m walking with you…

  16. Your words have captured the feel of the photos you’ve chosen to include here Seonaid. You words convey the genuine feel of what it’s like to stand in an ‘occupied’ wood at the end-of-day. Having experienced this I can say with confidence that you’ve gotten it right. Thanks for yet another classic post. Please be sure this one is included in that ‘someday’ book of yours. D

  17. Nelson says:

    I especially love the second one with those bright sunny spots and darker shadow background

  18. Pictures and words combine to create a mysterious, magical. enchanted world of serenity.

  19. Amy says:

    Love the light captures. The second one is fantastic!

  20. The light in these images is magical!

  21. Suzanne says:

    A lovely post capturing us up in the spell of your words and photos. I love the haiku at the end. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. You make your photos become even more alive with your beautiful words, Seonaid. So much I can almost see the spirits “gone as soon as you glance”

  23. Rachael Charmley says:

    Glorious โค

  24. It all sounds so mysterious, deep in the woods. Your wonderful words evoke a feeling of such peace and tranquility, that I want to be transported there immediately. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Mjollnir says:

    Lovely post as always ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. This is so beautiful, both words and images.

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