Tuesday, July 08, 2008

This is the house that nature built...

We spent last week in Ludington, Michigan visiting Steve's parents. When we go there, we always get in a day of hiking and a short canoe trip.

As we walked the trail, the thought came to my mind that we were in "Nature's House". I studied poetry in college and sometimes it comes back to me. Not like it used to. I used to think in poems all the time, but when I got into the business world, that kind of went away.

I chalk that up to not being immersed in a creative workshop (as I was in college) and instead being immersed in the business world. I like when that poetic thinking comes back to me. To me that means that this part of me is still there, just kind of dormant for now.

Even a day hike is a lovely respite for my mind. Taking in the quiet and just noticing all the small details. Like this expanse of maple tree seedlings. I was really amazed with nature's abundance when I saw this.

Or this bit of a tree covered in moss that looked like a hand. "Nature's hand," I thought to myself.
Or this area where the dune and forest meet.

Some people need to travel the world to see things, but I am a firm believer that you can see quite a bit right in your own "backyard". Not that I am against travel in the least. But I'm all for being a tourist in your own town. It's amazing to me how many people rush through life and don't notice what's going on right beside them.

That's what a walk in the woods reminds me of.


Joanne said...

Jocelyn, that was a lovely post. I think I understand what you mean. Having a garden for the first time in years, I've been fascinated with nature's cycles. One of the best parts of my day is going outside to see what new things have sprung up in the yard, or how much something has grown.

Jocelyn said...

Thanks. I agree that nature is amazing and I feel similarly about my yard. Plants and animals- what would life be without 'em? :o)

Fred said...

I never did too well in English class in college; but I really enjoy taking in nature. There's nothing quite like the sereneness of an opening in the woods, or the amazing power of a water fall.

Sandy said...

Michigan is truly a beautiful place. So glad you came and had a chance to step into some serenity.