Follow the Path

follow the

path

connect with the

earth

free your

soul

I might not have posted much recently, but I have been out and about taking photos – as much as I’ve been able too, at least, while dealing with unpleasant back pain and sciatica. Rather than using my DSLR camera, though, I’ve mainly been using my phone (Samsung J3) and posting to my Instagram account (@hedgewitchymusings). The top picture here is my first shot to ever get past 100 likes!

Despite how difficult I’ve been finding it to walk, last week I ventured out for a hobble around the meadow. As you might be able to tell from the second picture, I spent most of my time there barefoot. Just being out in nature is always enough to raise my spirits, no matter how down I might be feeling. This outing was no different. And, curiously, my right foot, which has been numb for most of the past month, became very tingly when in contact with the earth. I’ve always believed in the healing power of nature. My time wandering amongst the dandelions in the meadow reaffirmed my beliefs.

Here are a few other pictures from the morning:

 

 

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February

blithe merriment glimmers on sunrays,

teasing the land to awaken,

 a youthful maiden dancing in

innocent exuberance,

with fresh blossoms scattered at her feet

frosty primrose2

I’ve not managed to get out and about as much as I’d have liked to during February, having spent most of the month down with the flu. This last week, though, I’ve finally started to feel somewhat better, so, with the weather being too gorgeous to remain inside, I managed to take my camera out on a couple of walks.

The first was a sunset walk out along the Lincolnshire Ridge:

The second was a dawn outing to the South Scarle meadow, woodland and stream:

Hopefully I’ll manage to get out a little more often during March.

 

January

walk along snow-dusted
fence lines,
lit by the fading light
*
and find peace amidst
the shadows, in the
embrace of the Winter’s chill
*
for now is the time of
dreaming, as
night begins its descent
*
and now is the time
for planning, as we await the
renewals of Spring
*
so walk along
snow-dusted fence lines,
lit by the fading light
*
and find peace amidst
the shadows, embracing
the Winter’s chill
*

snset view2

Unlike most of the UK, we’ve not had much snow this January – only a light sprinkling last week. I had to get out onto the Viking Way to catch the views out over the Lincolnshire countryside with the little that we did get, though.

 

For anyone who might be curious, the vapour trails in this final shot are the Red Arrows out practicing. They’re quite a common sight, though rarely close enough to catch on camera.

vapour trails

There

venture out

beyond ploughed fields

to rugged heathland

*

there

*

watch the day’s stresses

dissolve into evening’s

kaleidoscopic light

*

there

*

let nature’s balm

soothe the aching of a

fettered soul

*

there

*

explore paths

borne of myriad

possibility

I might not have been on my blog much recently, but I have still been getting out and about, exploring the countryside around our new village and taking lots of photographs. We’re lucky enough to have the route of a national footpath – the Viking Way – run through the village. I try to get out onto it as much as I can.

Spirits of the Water

laughter dances as

footsteps

shimmer on water

*

gentle caresses

calm fears

into peaceful serenity

*

seductive voices

entice

until sorrows drown

 

At the Water’s Edge

Sometimes, no words are needed.

The Journey

don’t give up

with every step your destination

grows nearer

bug on daisy2

I’ve spent a few mornings at the meadow recently, photographing the flowers and the insects and the birds. And anything else that catches my eye! I found this little creature particularly fascinating to watch. It was very determined to reach the edge of the daisy.

bug on daisy3

And, yes, the daisies are looking as beautiful as ever.

In case anyone is interested, I’ve recently started an instagram account. It’s connected to our environmental website, The Rooter, and is all about connecting with nature. So, if you’d like to see more of my photos, you can find me as @therooteruk.

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