Monday, November 2, 2009

the yellow woods







to the northeast of where i live is a lovely woodlot.
criss-crossed by well-worn paths,
this woodlot is much denser than the one
i usually visit.

come on in . . .

we'll dive off to the right in a moment . . .

through this way . . .
i love that it's so yellow in here . . .

well, not entirely! look up . . .
look down . . .


then look straight in front of you . . .
that's why i came here.

31 comments:

Kay said...

beautiful pictures...i love the dark bark with the bright yellow...

acornmoon said...

It looks like the perfect place to walk a dog and to savour the sights and smells of Autumn.

steven said...

hello kay and thankyou very much!!! steven

steven said...

hi acornmoon, this woodlot is a favourite of dog walkers. i don't have a dog and strangely on the day i was there i saw not one dog!! in fact not even another person. it's a really lovely woodlot any time of year. steven

Pauline said...

All that lovely yellow makes the day sunny even when there is no sun! Wonderful photos!

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Steven: It is like walking into a golden temple. Thank you for sharing your sacred path.

steven said...

hi bonnie - walking along that avenue of trees reminded me of walking in some of the very old english cathedrals. being reminded of the beauty in the whole and in the part - sacred. have a lovely day. steven

steven said...

hello pauline, absolutely true!!! when the days get shorter and there's less light, you'll see me through my blog hungering after colour and light! have a peaceful day. steven

Golden West said...

When I see pictures like this I imagine God saying to doubters, "Now do you believe?"

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Nature's fertilizer or, taking care of itself. Instead, we rake and burn leaves and then buy fertilizer. lol
Beautiful photos.

Barry said...

Just beautiful steven! I love a walk in the woods at this time of year. The forest seems more peaceful and so do I.

Jenny Stevning said...

It is 80 degrees again all week. Ugh! My soul aches for what you are seeing! Thank you even more so for your Fall photos and words.

Titus said...

steven - the natural cathedral thing sprung into my head. The first three pictures in particular are stunning - that complete bath of a beautiful yellow. So intriguing that when you look closer the colour is more complex, and broken. Fantastic stuff.

Linda said...

Your pictures are mostly the reason the eastern woodlands of Ontario own my heart. This is my home that I love. Thank you for posting singing into my heart today, Steven. And, when the light and the colours fade, please remember to take your vitamin D.
(tongue drops from the herbalist or chewable chocolate tasting ones from Jamisons)

NanU said...

I want to walk there too! Such beauty. This season is so short. It's a blessing to go out and revel in it.

willow said...

I was going to say that it was almost sacred like a cathedral, and I see you have already said it. Well, it is. And I am in awe.

Rachel Fenton said...

Yellow is a funny colour: it can be so alive and yet so near to decay; sweet though sometimes sickly. I like it here, on these sticks of liquorice like trees, all spindly and gothic but lacking menace, and unsweetened.

Elizabeth said...

I think Reya would have loved to come on your walk with you!

steven said...

golden west, i believe that the natural world is the surface manifestation of the love that connects all things. have a lovely evening. steven

steven said...

hello abe - i use all natural fertilizer, i don't rake the leaves, i use no pesticides - they're banned in my community - and my lawn is sometimes beautiful, sometimes a ragged mess. but it's natural and that matters to me and my family!!!! we're moving into a good time!!!

steven said...

barry there's something very calm and loving about a woodland no matter the time of year. i love them at this time of year because very often there are no people . . . just hungry squirrels and colour hungry people like me!!!!! have a peaceful evening. steven

steven said...

well jenny the autumn that you crave is almost gone . . . i'll find little fractals in tiny corners and pull them up here for the next little while and then were into the interland between autumn colour and winter beauty. but there's good stuff in-between so hang in there in your eighty degree heat!!!! steven

steven said...

titus - thankyou for seeing what i saw so clearly. the bg picture is glorious and the little picture is beautiful. sweet!!!! steven

steven said...

linda - thankyou so much for that heads-up about rhe vitamin d. i have suffered for no really good reason for years and i know others who suffer far more than me. i'll be digging up the "d" asap.
meanwhile - the woods were what i first loved when i came to canada from england. the mystery of eastern woodlands is deep inside me even though my heart is in the dales and moors of northern england. have a lovely evening. steven

steven said...

nanu - i so agree!!! steven

steven said...

willow - the feeling of being amongst towering yellow trees - well it is awesome. i left quieter and more grounded in my epxriencing of the world having just come off a lovely downtown bike ride through the leafy streets. have a lovely evening at the manor. steven

steven said...

rachel - i like that comment a lot. it reminded me of something inside myself - a way of writing and speaking that i had at one time. thankyou. steven

hope said...

When they speak of the light at the end of the tunnel on the journey toward the heavens, I will think of that 2nd picture.

It's my idea of heaven...beautiful, golden trees. Well done, my friend!

steven said...

i would have liked that - so i just nipped over to her house and asked her along!!! steven

Margaret Pangert said...

Steven, to turn to the right and see those leaves hanging on in the blood red and golden afterglow of the sun is utter delight! And with the impressionistic strokes of green in the background. This photo is luscious! The golden trail in the woods with its soft carpet of leaves is so inviting.

steven said...

hello margaret - those same woods were almost entirely cleaned of leaves over the last couple of days as the wind and rain came through and sent them all to the woodlot floor where they will become food and shelter. have a peaceful day. steven