Friday, September 04, 2015

Earth Tones



Some days, I need a buffer between my working hours and my home responsibilities. Being a semi-wild woodland creature at heart, a walk under the forest canopy provides a gentle transition.

Just in case you need the healing balm of earth's beauty in your day, I will share my afternoon trek.







It is a walking meditation of sorts to look for these colorful fungi, some with stems like threads and tiny  umbrella caps. Some are camouflaged and tucked in hidden nooks, while others are boldly obvious.

In daily life, I am sometimes too stressed or overwhelmed with the busyness of life to be observant. How reassuring to come home to nature and relearn the art of noticing.

As Immanuel Kant reminds us, "Look closely, The small may be beautiful."


Along with an abundance of toadstools, a blessing left behind by recent heavy rains, there are ten thousand other things to marvel over... probably more.  There are oddly beautiful burls of wood and emerging autumn blossoms.


One last look over my shoulder at the haven in which I feel most like myself...where I can most easily forgive my own human imperfections... where I can just be, simply breathe, and see with joyful clarity.



Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you a haven and moments of joyful clarity.

14 comments:

elaine said...

What a peaceful stroll through the woods with you - looking for mother nature's little miracles. I love the many varieties of fungi - if only I could identify those that are edible - sadly my knowledge is lacking and I wouldn't take the chance. The only ones that I know for sure are field mushrooms which are my favourite treat fried in butter and eaten with toast. Delicious.

Aisling said...

My knowledge on that subject is sadly lacking as well. I have a good field guide now, but no confidence. Lol. We are comfortable with gathering and eating morels, but that is the extent thus far. Thank you for visiting!

Out on the prairie said...

Many might walk right past those little things, not fully appreciating their surroundings. You develop a better eye when walking a lot.

magnoliasntea said...

Lovely images of your woods. I enjoyed every one full-size. There are sometimes local classes that teach mushroom identification. I'd like to take one myself, and I wish to goodness we had let some of our pasture go to wood years ago.
Have a great weekend!

Blogoratti said...

What lovely photos indeed.

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Look at those red fungi......

Unique, for something which more usually 'hides'...

Pom Pom said...

You are a good model of a nature lover, an appreciator of beauty. I love where you live!

Rhapsody said...

Blessings....
Lovely photographs i especially love the blog photo with that richly yellow flower.

Stay blessed
Rhapsody

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Aisling said...

I'm so glad you visited. I enjoyed my visit to your blog as well. Thank you .

Aisling said...

Thank you for your nice comment. I love that yellow glower too. What a color! I enjoyed visiting your blog as well!

Aisling said...

Thank you, dear friend. I love this place too. I count my blessings every day.

Aisling said...

Those are fun to stumble upon. Sometimes there are some brilliant orange mushrooms as well, but I did not see those this time.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Aisling your images look like my woods when they are damp.
But now no rain for weeks :) But it will happen.
Take care...