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.
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.
Heart of mystery
Held in green silence
Awaits the seekers footfall.
Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home on the shores of Loch Ness deep in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, my son and a couple of dogs. 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 Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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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 🙂
Thank you so much, what a lovely comment…..you have a lovely blog yourself 🙂
That second shot gives me goosebumps! 🙂 (in a good way)
That second image is incredible! The shadows, the sunlight, the fern, the wooden stump … oh my, oh my I love it!
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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!
Esther what a lovely compliment that my post inspired your meditation…..wonderful 🙂
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 🙂
I would love to be able to show you how I use my camera….you will need to come for a visit!
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 🙂
Absolutely lovely…they’re there, I can feel them…
Wonderful aren’t they 🙂
Beautiful! the close up is stunning. 🙂
This time of year brings such delicious shadows 🙂
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!
Thanks Kellie, we are so lucky being surrounded by all these wonderful and mysterious green spaces. This is in the woods at the edge of Tyninghame beach 🙂
I hear them whispering . . .
They were a little mischievous that day 🙂
I love being in the woods!
These photos are stunning and you describe the setting so eloquently. 🙂
Thank you, the woods are really special when you get away into the still centre….
Lovely shots – I can almost feel nature’s sprites.
I really could feel them all around the edges…..the sense of being watched 🙂
You’ve caught the green stillness perfectly. 🙂
Thank you, it felt like a magic moment….eternity disturbed 🙂
Wow! I really felt the cold breath on my neck. Strong story!
Thank you Elizabeth, that’s music to any writers ears 🙂
Oh, the light, Seonaid! I’m walking with you…
The light was breath taking….and the dogs were away bounding through the ferns. We would have loved you there beside us 🙂
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
Thanks so much David, it’s great to hear I’ve caught the feel in words and pictures. It was such a beautiful spot, with breathtaking shadows…..and that sense of being watched was palpable.
That book is getting fatter 🙂
I want my name placed on the list for reserve copies … at the pre-publication price, or course! D
I especially love the second one with those bright sunny spots and darker shadow background
Yes, I do love a good pool of sunlight, resting in inky blackness. Of course the low angle of the autumn shot does play it’s part!
Pictures and words combine to create a mysterious, magical. enchanted world of serenity.
Thank you, what an enchanting response 🙂
Love the light captures. The second one is fantastic!
Thanks Amy, the light at this time of year is such a gift….and if infused with just a touch of mist you get pure magic 🙂
The light in these images is magical!
Thanks Kat, that’s exactly what I was trying to capture 🙂
A lovely post capturing us up in the spell of your words and photos. I love the haiku at the end. 🙂
Thanks Suzanne….I was originally just going to post the haiku and the first photo…..but I couldn’t resist. You know me and words 🙂
You certainly have a way with them 🙂
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”
They were playing hide and seek with me…..flickering at the edges of my vision 🙂
I can tell, they always do that, don’t they 🙂
Thanks Rachael, it was a glorious afternoon 🙂
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. 🙂
Well I would love to find you here….it’s very peaceful, just the birds, the wind….and away in the distance the rolling waves. But no exotic creatures!
Lovely post as always 🙂
Why thank you…..nothing like a Scottish wood to bring out the spirits 🙂
This is so beautiful, both words and images.
Thank you, it’s a beautiful spot, and that low light was enchanting 🙂