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torinraven



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PostSubject: A moment to share   Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:22 am

Yesterday, I was feeling a need to reconnect to nature. I've been away for far too long, living a life of straight paths through suburban landscapes. I remembered seeing a large grove of trees not too far from my workplace, so on lunch I drove by to see if there was a place to park so I could wander through. To my delight, I saw that it was a nature preserve with five miles of trails inside. I parked my car, grabbed my mp3 player (I'm listening to The Wheel of Time on audiobook, and there's a few hundred hours of audio to get through, so I listen pretty much any chance I can get), and headed toward the trail.

I entered the green stillness of the woods and was immediately at peace. There was a pleasant breeze, and the smell of life was in the air. I began down one of the wandering trails, snapping pictures with my Blackberry (which is where the avatar came from), and just enjoying myself. About 10 minutes into the walk, I came across a young tree growing right in the middle of the path, in a shaft of sunlight that had been opened up when an older tree had died. A very cool sight to see this one little tree highlighted among the older ones.


A short time later, I was walking further down the trail when I came across an area where the leaf litter ended, and there was a carpet of small green plants in its place. I stopped to take a picture, when suddenly something caught my eye. I took off my sunglasses to get a better look, and there in front of me, not 10 paces away was a deers, standing in the undergrowth. We stood there watching each other for about five minutes minutes, during which the deer lost some interest in me and began grazing
again. It was a moment that meant a great deal to me, and I will always remember it.


I went back to work refreshed, and renewed in both body and spirit. It's moments like this that remind me of what matters in life.
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PostSubject: Re: A moment to share   Fri Jul 10, 2009 2:44 pm

Awesome!

I live surrounded by woods and we get deer and other wild life coming through our yard on a daily basis. It's great to get that connection with untamed nature. It's a very grounding and gives one a sense of connectedness that's hard to feel when you're sitting in an office in front of a computer.

Thanks for sharing and welcome to the forum. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: A moment to share   Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:48 am

Great post!

Deism - especially the American variety - has always been very closely tied to an appreciation of nature.

We are all modern day Romanticists, I suppose.
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PostSubject: Re: A moment to share   Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:09 am

Uriah wrote:
Great post!

Deism - especially the American variety - has always been very closely tied to an appreciation of nature.

We are all modern day Romanticists, I suppose.

I think forums like this are the modern day layman's equivalent of the Transcendentalist Societies the sprung up in the north east in the first half of the 19th century.

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PostSubject: Re: A moment to share   Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:40 pm

I've been going to the woods every day since then, and every day I'm walking further and seeing more. I still have yet to have traveled down each trail, which is very exciting. I encounter deer almost every day, and usually more than one at a time. I've seen many birds as well as squirrels, raccoons, fish, and even a snake. I look forward to each hike as my own time with the sublime. I rarely feel as connected to the world as I do on my walks.
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PostSubject: Re: A moment to share   Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:22 pm

There's a park across the street from where I work that I checked out the other day. Unfortuately it's overrun with mosquitoes and poison ivy. It's great to have a resource like you've got so close. I'm envious. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: A moment to share   Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:22 pm

Aaron wrote:
It's great to have a resource like you've got so close. I'm envious. Smile

You get the great flipside of getting to LIVE in the woods, though. I live in the middle of endless suburbia. Before moving out here to be with my wife, I lived in and around Madison, WI, and as much of a metopolitan area as it is, the whole city is still smaller than the suburban area north of Philly, so I would have to drive several miles before I am even in the countryside. I also don't have a real night sky anymore. Even on the clearest nights, I don't see more than maybe 50 stars. It's actually one of the things that I have to do anytime I visit home or anywhere more rural than here- just look up at the night sky. It's my chance to glimpse the infinite.
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PostSubject: Re: A moment to share   Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:24 pm

I went to high school in Madison, and I was born in Wisconsin. Great state for woodsy activities!
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