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Back Yard Photographer – Into the Forest

A path in the woods

The quote by John Muir – “And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” is a quote that truly resonates with me. I tend to grab my camera and venture off to see what nature has to offer me on that day. Sometimes I go to nearby state parks, or just neighborhood walking trails. I hear and see the birds, I watch the butterflies and bees, I stare at the beauty of the lakes, wooded areas and the sky. I lose myself in the beauty of the sights, sounds and smells. My husband knows that when I grab my camera and say I am going to go take a few pictures, he won’t see me for a few hours (some times longer).

I had often hear the above quote, but didn’t know the author until a fellow blogger had noted the quote and John Muir as the author. Since I found out who the author was (Thank you Rupali!), I had to find out more. I went to Google and then Wikipedia. John Muir was a Scottish-American naturalist and an early champion for preserving the wilderness in the United States. He was also an author, environmentalist and conservationist. John is also known as the “Father of National Parks”.

In nature, stress doesn’t exist, the crazy sometimes tiring world doesn’t exist nor does the negativity of words and actions – there is peace. Peace that is calming and quiet, and also rejuvenates, provides hope and inspires. Nature is peace.

Below are a few more photos I took on one of my trips to refresh my soul.

Close up of Suspension Bridge
Colorful Tree Fungus
Color in the woods

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog! Hope you enjoyed the photos.

All photos are originals by Kim Lawless

One thought on “Back Yard Photographer – Into the Forest

  1. Beautiful! As someone who works in the tree care industry, I am constantly learning about the complexities behind the things in nature that we take for granted. The fibers of wood, the veins in a leaf, the layers of petals in a blossom… these are the works of art that we get to see every day!

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