Category Archives: woods

driftwood.

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a piece of driftwood

mixed in 

among the vases and mirrors and tchotchkes and other home decor items

and while i’m a fan of natural found materials

i was not really motivated to spend $39.99 on this

but i do now have an idea for my summer job –

beachcomber.

 

“i imagined your stick, washing in the waves for hundreds of years,

turning to driftwood

smooth and hard like stone.

i imagined a little girl finding it on a beach so many years later.

saving it on her shelf,

where she put the things that made her feel like the world was magical.”

– ava dellaira

no point in hurrying.

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a walk in the woods, northern michigan style, in the new spring
“there is no point in hurrying because you are not actually going anywhere.
however far or long you plod, you are always in the same place: in the woods.”
-Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods

secrets in the trees.

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on a winter walk in the woods

 came upon a labyrinth made of pine

 fall to winter vegetables as offerings at its center

 beautiful yule celebration on display

left for all to enjoy.

 

“the trees will tell their secrets to those that tune in.”

-steve magee

 

 

greenview nature preserve, ann arbor, mi,  usa – january 2021

can you write?

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  “what difference does it make if you live in a picturesque little outhouse

surrounded by 300 feeble minded goats and your faithful dog?

the question is: can you write?”

Ernest Hemingway

 

 

 

early winter hiking in MacCready Nature Reserve, Irish Hills, MI, USA 2020

forage.

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oyster mushrooms at play in their natural habitat

foraging for mushrooms in the late autumn shade in the woods 

hunting in nooks and crannies, logs, trees, mossy patches

there we met a few fungi along with their mold and lichen cousins

luckily my daughter and grandies have studied a lot about mushrooms

why i’m here to tell my story.

“on the subject of wild mushrooms,

it is easy to tell who is an expert and who is not;

the expert is the one who is still alive.”

donal henahan

bear in the woods.

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ran into this guy 

when out walking 

 frozen in place

i tried to remember

what to do 

if i ever was

to meet a bear in the woods

run, play dead, make myself large, make noise

 or

take a picture

leave it in the trees

for the child who left it behind

now, missing it.

 

“he looked all alone

and so sad and so blue,

so I said, “oh, dear bear;

there’s a home here for you.”

-ingrod sawubona, A Big-Bear Birthday, Please (English version)

content.

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happened upon

this friendly-looking tree

deep in the woods

 so content and jolly

i think it would love to share its jokes.

 

“i never saw a discontented tree.

they grip the ground as though they liked it,

and though fast rooted, they travel about as far as we do.”

– john muir

 

 

bird hiils park, ann arbor, michigan, usa – summer 2020