Happy Equinox Everyone!
Here's to the exciting season of change! Here in my little part of the world we are enjoying some delicious last warm days before it all starts slowing down and turning inwards. A ton of exciting things are brewing on the horizon and my biggest challenge seems to be carving out time to write to all of you to share in the fun. I hope to be better about that now that the book project is buttoned up and my heart is healing from the sudden departure of Oliver.
I am now able to get back out into the forest and do my work and nothing is more healing than to be in nature! The magic is so palpable whenever I step foot into the deep woods. A few weeks ago I had an especially enchanting experience: I had been in a bit of a rush to get back out to a special place I have frequented in the past. My head was spinning with all I had hoped to accomplish in the short day and I will admit that I was not in a receptive head-space. After I got on the trail and had only walked for a minute or two I was stopped in my tracks. A chickadee had landed on the branch not 3 ft from my head and was chattering away AT me! Soon, it was joined by a small flock of about 6 other chickadees...they were all within a few feet of me and were very animated. I was enthralled. Then I noticed there were several other species coming from out of the woods to join the party...it was astonishing. I stood completely still for more than 10 minutes just mesmerized by the show of a dozen wild birds all dancing and chattering within a 10 ft radius. It was as if they knew exactly what I needed to re-orient myself to enter the space properly.
I was now open, receptive, calm and deliberative...just as I prefer to be when doing the work. I was soooo grateful! The birds, their mission accomplished, melted back into the forest and took their festive party elsewhere. What a gift!
Later that day, I was able to locate the special glade I was seeking and I set up a faerie house to shoot in the twilight...I was fairly happy with the shot but may try again when the leaves begin to change their colour- just a week or two from now. Meanwhile, here is the shot....enjoy!