Mother forest

What makes you feel at home, safe, and grounded? What places, times, and conditions do it for you?

I’ve felt unsafe a few times in my life, but it almost never happened in the forest. Even if it was far away from the beaten path, or getting dark, or otherwise far from the familiar and the comfortable.

One time, I stayed in the woods until late to see the fireflies rising from the undergrowth and doing their magical dance. Like hundreds of eyes watching you through the trees. On my way back, I casually met a guy who was jogging in the dark, completely naked. We crossed paths and said hello as there was nothing to it. The playful eyes of the forest were watching.

Deep in the woods, I feel at ease and my senses are sharp and awake. There’s focus without effort.

The forest accepts me as I am. It doesn’t judge, it doesn’t look down, and it doesn’t idealize me. It offers itself to me without conditions or limitations. It offers its vibrant, infinite life.

How many of us could come even close to that in what we have to offer?

When I’m feeling down, the forest is there to remind me that, despite the turmoil in my head, out there the birds still sing, the springs still flow, and the wind still blows softly through the trees. Out there, my problems are nowhere to be found. Out there, the sun shines equally on the miserable and the blissful.

The forest is there to remind me that life will eventually come to you if you only let it.

It puts things into perspective.

This is my home. This is where I find my bliss.

“Follow your bliss” is this week’s topic for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, hosted by Lindy Le Coq.

  1. Beautifully said and shown Florin – I did have to smile at the naked jogger though! Your images are wonderful as is the thought of the fireflies coming alive as darkness fell. Your last image is especially lovely.

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for the kind words, Tina 🙂
      I still remember well the goosebumps from seeing all those fireflies coming alive all of a sudden. They were much more of a shock than the jogger.

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    2. I’d love to have seen something like that Florin. We don’t have many fireflies down here but North Carolina, the next state over, has tons of them. I remember them from my childhood

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  2. Impressive photos of forests and your sense of peace and joy in the forests rings through your words. I love the gnarly tree shot in particular, and share with you a sense comfort in wild places. “Deep in the woods, I feel at ease and my senses are sharp and awake. There’s focus without effort.” Poetry!

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  3. Such beautiful photos of mother nature. It sounded so magical to watch the fireflies came out and dance. I’ll be spooked to see the naked jogger though and probably hide behind a tree! 😆 Love how you write about the forest beautifully…

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    1. Thanks, Alessandra. Yes that was weird – but at the moment nothing was weird. It’s like in a dream, it all makes sense and feels normal while you’re dreaming.

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