I went to the cranberry bog today to try out my new hiking boots and be present to nature. We have been closed in with fog most of the weekend but the sun came out mid-day so I threw my camera and small sketchbook in my backpack and headed out. The first boardwalk was slippery but that didn’t stop me from continuing down the trail. When I reach the area near the beaver house it always feels like I have entered nature’s sanctuary. There is never anyone here because it is not on the map, no one knows about it except for a few local people, and the trail is no longer maintained. There is a special wildness and serenity to this place as it is rarely touched by human footsteps. The only sound is an occasional call from a water bird breaking the silence.
Every time I come here I discover something new and try to capture that with my camera and sketchbook. Today I found luminance that bordered on ethereal. It was awesome and magical the way the light reflected off the soft ice creating a wonderful effect of interspersed light, shadow, and reflection. It turned out to be a precious, fleeting moment of impermanence as the clouds moved back in while I was exploring my surroundings. It made me realize how important it is to be present to and aware of what is happening around you or you may miss something that could make a difference in your life.
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