It is easy to forget the sanctuary of forest shadow in the summer season. Most time is spent in open sun, out in the fields, mowing lawn or tending the garden.
Trees are there, standing patient guard, yet the brambles and mosquitoes often keep us out until leaves begin to fall.
I love this place, this sanctuary, love it fiercely. Beautiful fall days with time to breathe have given me the gift of moments in the forest.
This is the season I was seeking; just enough teaching and working, with time to just be. To go out one fall afternoon and soak up all the gifts of solitude.
To catch the dance between sun and shadow. To contemplate the light and dark things of life.
I so often aim my lens towards the sun, yet there is beauty in dark places too.
Here in the quiet is where I find my breath again, clear my head, and get ready to take on new days and new adventures.
Then, soul-soothed, I am ready for life and all it brings.
"Then the trees of the forest will sing, they will sing with joy before the Lord."
1 Chronicles 16:33