“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life.” — Elsie de Wolfe

Friday, 12 March 2010

A photo and the memory it contained

I was just going through some old photo files stored on my hard disk when I came across this photo, as soon as I saw it a flood of memories came back and I was there again...

We had walked across the meadow behind the old cottage we used to live in and climbed over the five bar gate that led into the wood; As soon as I put my foot down I could feel the spongy ground thick with pine needles and I breathed in the wonderful damp cool smell.

We knew these woods well and loved to go off the beaten paths and make our way though the thick curling ferns. The slanted dappled light dancing through the canopy made the place seem magical.

In these quiet hidden inner places of the woodland we would often come face to face with its creatures, coming out of the dark green into a passage of sunlight to see a deer standing stately and silent, bathed in the almost luminous light.

It was strange that no matter how many times we explored, we always found new areas that we were sure we had never seen before.

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir

On one of these forays we stumbled out of the damp green interior into a clearing and there lit by a ray of sunlight, radiant amongst the blankets of dark green pines was the tree in the picture. It almost took my breath away!

I walked over and stood in front of it and made Joe laugh when I said that it looked like something special was happening and that maybe it was having a birthday. :-)

I stood for a moment just taking in the wonderful sight and enjoying the moment of sunshine, then remembering my camera, I retrieved it from my deep pockets and took the photo before we headed back into the shade of the canopy and made our way home.


Ellen said...

What a lovely photo. Isn't it great when we can see an old photo, hear an old song, have a memory and we are right back there again! The beauty of it is that we ARE living it all over again in the NOW. How blessed are we!

Susannah said...

Hi Ellen - yes isn't it amazing that we can relive things in such detail! I was actually there this morning walking through the woodland! How wonderful that I was able to experience it twice. :-)

Ann said...

It is great you have this beautiful photo to bring such a lovely day with all its magic right back to you. When that happens to me I feel both sadness and joy. Sadness for the passing of time, and joy for the beautiful memories.

Suz said...

The trunk looks like a ballerina with out stretched arms...wonderful!
I have been going through old photos too! Scary...we think too much alike....I love walks in the woods and seeing wildlife...one of life's great joys..if you are open to it! I'm hoping to see wild turkeys this weekend ...and maybe a few deer..I always love seeing them... And to think you relived this experience :) :) !!

Susannah said...

Hello Suz and Ann - I just realised I didn't thank you both for your lovely comments!

Suz - a ballerina, yes, I can see it! :-)


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