Sunday, 24 October 2010

Ode to Nature

As I walk along this delightful path with the light above me, I can feel the warm sunshine on my skin and a slight breeze mussing with my hair. My lungs fill with air that smells fresh, not city stale.

As the trail continues the light changes to a speckled dance along the path. A rustling in the undergrowth delivers my very first sighting of a wild creature. Something I would have missed if I hadn’t been using my ears as well as my eyes.

As I venture further I can feel the leaves brushing my arms and the subtle change in temperature as I move between patches of sunlight.

As I emerge from the trees I am confronted by open fields surrounded by a sea of golden grass. The sun is strong and I can feel perspiration forming on my back.

I feel calm and full of life as I soak up the beauty of nature, in all its forms and am thankful that I have five senses with which to experience such a wonderful place.

I penned this after my encounter with nature. Sometimes it is wonderful to walk alone, not with a destination in mind, but just to see where the path leads.

I am reading a very insightful book called
"The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron given to me by my good friend Stoneweaver. Amongst other things Julia encourages her readers to have an 'artist date' each week by ourselves to nurture our creative consciousness.

Well I had a wonderful 'artist date' and the plan is to have another one next week to feed my artist child!

Stanwell Park, a coastal village near Wollongong, NSW, Australia - October 2010

"In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful".
~~ Alice Walker (American writer, b.1944)


Silver said...

"I penned this after my encounter with nature. Sometimes it is wonderful to walk alone, not with a destination in mind, but just to see where the path leads."

That is so true, Peggy. Solitude doesn't have to be a bad thing. It brings much peace and calmness as we become one with nature that we feel what many envies.. the feeling of liberty.


T's Daily Treasures said...

Lovely Peggy! It is so true that we are able to breathe a little deeper when enveloped by beautiful trees. My husband and I walk at nite here but there's not a whole lot of fresh air. :/ Hope all is well in your corner of the world. Best wishes, Tammy

Cozyflier said...

Wonderful blog my friend! I wish we had tress that beautiful, it would inspire me to walk more than I do!

Have an artsy day ;=)


HappyOrganist said...

I don't know. I don't like imperfect trees.

Chapter Forty said...

Great evocative writing, you had me with you for every step.
Love the idea of an artist's date, I think that when we create, we are truly living in the moment and engaging ourselves with life.

Anonymous said...

Awww Peggy! ((((((((((((Mammoth Hugs!!!))))))))))))

I'm so glad you are feeding that artist child. What a wonderful piece of writing - evocative and inspiring. Nature does that, doesn't it?

I love imperfect trees. That quote is really lovely: because it reminds us that we, too, are imperfect and beautiful.

(I like that track 'Lady Writer' I'd not heard it before)

maureen said...

I love having time to have a solitary nature walk. I think that's one reason why I look forward to my morning runs so much. It's my alone time, and I run along a path around a nearby park. Always nature's beauty to enjoy along the route.

Christine said...

I love solitary walks, and I love your writing, it's beautiful.

Hybrid J said...

The Artist Way is such a wonderful and inspiring book to not only creative people but to every one. Great post! ;)

Pretty on the Inside said...

I have that book and I love it. I also love nature and find it so inspiring especially to my writing. Great picture

Roban said...

I love how you wrote about your walk. I have that book, too, but I've never given it the time it deserves. Perhaps after reading this... perhaps after the new year begins... perhaps even sooner, I'll pull my book back out and try to make artist dates with myself, too.

I'm catching up while I still can....