We just came home from a trip like that. My husband and I found a “new-to-us” redwood old growth forest far off the beaten path – Montgomery Woods State Reserve in Northern California. I thought we would never get there on that zig-zagging barely paved road. But it was well worth the drive! Some of the tallest trees in the whole world are in this reserve.
Standing in a grove with these ancient giants was breathtaking and exhilarating. It was only about a 2 mile hike – just enough to immerse in the forest without taking all day.
I love the atmosphere of old growth forests and this place was thick with it. Sound is muffled by a rich carpet of ferns and sweet smelling mulch. Everywhere you look are fallen trees, branches and stumps that are quite literally using their misfortune and decay to breed a new tree, as only redwoods can do. I felt a strong sense of ancient majesty as I looked up into the canopy overhead, trying to glimpse the tops of some of the smaller trees.
Like a small rural community, every creature seems to know each other’s business and seems quite excited to be the first to announce our presence. I find that it’s the perfect balance between serenity and a thriving environment teaming with wildlife and lush foliage.
6/28/2019 06:40:44 pm
So very true. Nature teams with the creative energy of life with which we are all endowed. I also feel the desperate need to be out doors and I'm so grateful I live in a climate that allows it so often. There's a website called "Earthing", and it explores the grounding & healing effects our connection to the Earth has on us. Very interesting. Isn't life amazing? Yeah, I don't always feel that way when I'm caught up in drama and issues, but getting outside almost always helps. Love your art, Becca. Someway, somehow I'm going to recreate those snowflakes!!!
7/2/2019 10:08:26 am
Thank you for sharing LoisAnn! That concept of connecting with the ground (Vitamin G) is interesting and reminds me how much I love to walk barefoot through sand on a beach or even a lawn. And I have complete confidence you're going to find an amazing way to interpret what you see in snowflakes!!!! It was good to hear from you!
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Hi! I'm Becca Farmer and I'm a fine art painter.