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Walking with Nature

Updated on July 25, 2014

My Walks with Nature

In the woods near my house, I've encountered many different creatures and plants. And I have learned from them all. And felt their touch.

Walking in the woods is, for me, walking with nature. I feel nature with me as I walk and that presence can be awe-inspiring.

I am so grateful to live in this little house in the woods and to experience the continued presence of nature. And I would like to share that with you.

Trees are My Companions

When I first walk into the woods, I feel the presence of the trees. From the tiny hemlock seedling to the large oak, trees are companions to my soul. To me, they are beings.

The early spring wildflowers greet me as I approach the spots where I know they'll be found.

A breeze may cause their small stems to sway or some little critter may scurry away.

I bend down and gently touch their tiny flowers to say hello.

The Path

I walk along this path and the woods embrace me.

I am in the presence of the deer and other creatures

who have also walked this path.

A little further along and, aha, there's something beautiful!

I look more closely and even peer at the underside of this special mushroom.

Never saw one like that before. Makes me feel special to have seen it!

Bird's Nest
Bird's Nest

Bird's Nest

The fledglings have left this beautifully constructed nest.

It's made of birch bark and grasses, intricately woven together with spider webs, and lined with pine needles.

The nest is only about 2 inches in diameter and about five feet off the ground.

Wonder what type of bird built this fine nest. Perhaps a hummingbird? Can't help but admire it.

I hear a red squirrel scolding me. Looking up, I finally see it, but it now seems more interested in other things than me.

Sometimes these little critters can be quite persistent in telling me how much they disapprove of my encroachment on their territory.

I, on the other hand, fully enjoy their company - even when they scold me.

Ferns

This sea of ferns speaks to me of peace and healing.

Red-tailed Hawk Tail Feather
Red-tailed Hawk Tail Feather

Flying with the Hawk

I've flown with the red-tailed hawk over the treetops and open spaces, feeling the wind in my feathers, looking down, far down below.

Soaring so high is exhilarating and fills me with awe.

This feather from the red-tailed hawk reminds me of those times.

Now, standing in the woods, I hear in the distance this hawk's high-pitched call and know that I'm still walking with nature.

I see something moving close to the ground. I stop and stay still, waiting for it to move again.

Ah, there it is! Now, slowly and quietly I move closer and peek down into the leafy undergrowth.

A wood frog! What a treat to get a glimpse into the world of this little frog!

I head back home with a lightness in my heart, remembering all I've seen and heard during my walk in the woods.

As I come over the last rise and look down toward the house, I see it. A moose has been visiting my house while I've been away!

I stand still, hoping to observe it for a while, but it has heard me coming and flees.

Moose are a rare sight near my house, since they tend to stay at higher elevations.

View from the House

I so appreciate seeing this view and how it changes from hour to hour,

day to day, and season to season.

White-tailed Buck

Later, after being back home for a while, I look out the window and see this beautiful white-tailed buck. Maybe a yearling.

I feel so privileged when critters come so close to my house. I know, even here, I'm still walking with nature.

Evening Comes and the Full Moon Rises

Watching the full moon rise in the East always leaves me with a sense of awe.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

The Barred Owls

I wake during the night to hear the sound of the barred owls calling back and forth. Hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo, they say.

I think back to the early days of this house, before the walls were up. I was sitting on the just-built decking. There were two owls near the house, calling one to the other, and flying from tree to tree, right over my head.

I fall back asleep, peaceful in the knowledge that I'm still walking with nature.

Walking with Nature - Spring and Summer - Photos from my walks in the woods

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Red EftWild TurkeyViceroy ButterflyBlack-eyed SusansSkipper on FlowerMaidenhair FernPartridgeberriesIndian PipesPurple-flowering RaspberryEvening Sky
Red Eft
Red Eft
Wild Turkey
Wild Turkey
Viceroy Butterfly
Viceroy Butterfly
Black-eyed Susans
Black-eyed Susans
Skipper on Flower
Skipper on Flower
Maidenhair Fern
Maidenhair Fern
Partridgeberries
Partridgeberries
Indian Pipes
Indian Pipes
Purple-flowering Raspberry
Purple-flowering Raspberry
Evening Sky
Evening Sky

Walking with Nature - Fall and Winter - Photos from my walks in the woods

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Curled LeafFoliage on Beech TreeMountainside with FoliageTiny WaterfallSulphur Polypore MushroomEvening CloudsSnowy BranchHIghbush Cranberries with SnowIce StormHouse
Curled Leaf
Curled Leaf
Foliage on Beech Tree
Foliage on Beech Tree
Mountainside with Foliage
Mountainside with Foliage
Tiny Waterfall
Tiny Waterfall
Sulphur Polypore Mushroom
Sulphur Polypore Mushroom
Evening Clouds
Evening Clouds
Snowy Branch
Snowy Branch
HIghbush Cranberries with Snow
HIghbush Cranberries with Snow
Ice Storm
Ice Storm
House
House

Observation Tips for Walks in the Woods

  • Walk quietly, pausing occasionally to listen, and you're more likely to see animals. Or find a spot along an animal trail, a ways back from the trail, and wait. Dawn and dusk are good times.

  • Watch the ground for animal tracks and scat, areas where animals may have bedded down, or where animals have passed through tall vegetation.

  • Look at tree trunks for signs of bear claws (especially on beech trees), for holes made by woodpeckers, or holes where cavity-nesting birds have made their home.

    You might also see the places on trees where white-tailed bucks have rubbed against the bark, marking their territory.

  • Observe trees to find birds' nests as well as tree-climbing mammals such as squirrels, chipmunks, and bears.

  • Locate birds by listening for their songs and watching the trees. A good pair of binoculars will help with this. Some birds are found more often on the ground, so check there, too.

More on Nature Awareness

10 Ways to Improve Your Nature Observation Skills

Tips and techniques for enhancing your awareness of nature and your ability to spot wildlife.

Nature Awareness

Describes techniques for experiencing nature more deeply, using all five senses.

Owl Eyes: A Core Awareness Skill

Article explains how to widen your field of vision and become more aware of all that is around you. By Jon Young.

Bird Language Basics

Excellent article on listening to the songs and calls of birds in order to determine what kinds of other animals are moving about in the woods around you and where they are located. The focus is on expanding one's hearing and awareness.

Identifying Animal Tracks


Identifying Animal Tracks and Sign

Articles on identifying the tracks and sign of many different mammals, including bobcats, foxes, coyotes, mountain lions, raccoons, skunks, deer, and more. Provides photos and descriptions of each type of track.

Tracking Animals in the Snow

Fascinating article about animal tracks and signs in the snow, including squirrel, mountain lion, coyote, bobcat, and rabbit. Includes video about how to judge the age of tracks.

Identifying and Preserving Wildlife Tracks

Tips on identifying animal tracks, including deer, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, black bear, and raccoon. Includes illustrations of the tracks and information about how make casts of tracks.

Tracking in a Forested Landscape

Identifies four key points to becoming effective at tracking in the forest. Discusses the mindset necessary to track animals using other means than just their tracks.

Mammal Tracks & Sign

Mammal Tracks & Sign: A Guide to North American Species
Mammal Tracks & Sign: A Guide to North American Species

Practically an encyclopedia of information about mammal tracks, trails, beds, burrows and dens, scat, and signs of feeding. Full of beautiful, detailed color photos. Highly recommended.

 

Photo Credits

All photos were taken by the author of this lens, who retains the copyright.

All comments are greatly appreciated.

Thanks for stopping by!

Comments on Walking with Nature - Do you enjoy being out in nature?

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      Lionrhod 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Gorgeous photos! I love being out in nature. Sadly nature here isn't as gorgeous as it was back in CO, but ... well some things are. You've inspired me to bring my camera outside, which I don't do often enough!

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      Ivylore 4 years ago

      Yes, I love being out in nature. I live in a city though, so no woods like yours. There is a creek nearby though and I enjoy walking along it and observing, the ducks, geese and other small animals that I may encounter. Nature is truly beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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      jura 4 years ago

      Walking in the forest is my dream never have time for it great lens .

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      Bercton1 4 years ago

      Really admire your lens. Brilliant capture. Thank for sharing your beautiful experience!

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      TommysPal 4 years ago

      What a great view. Nature is so good for the soul. Thanks for sharing this great lens and beautiful pictures.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens. Your walk was described so well, it made me imagine that I was there. Great pictures too. Thank you for sharing.

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      dan100 4 years ago

      Beautiful pictures of nature. The way the seasons change the landscape are extraordinary.

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      Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

      Absolutely delightful! I love your lens. Those images are gorgeous. Another nature lover here! : )

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      Joanie Ruppel 4 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Being amongst nature is when I feel closest to God. What a beautiful world we live in. Loved your photos and this lens - I could feel my heart rate dropping as I read it.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Back for another "walk" and a blessing. Love this lens as much the second time as the first. d

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      Silwen LM 4 years ago

      What a wonderful walk. I also like walking in nature. It is so refreshing moment, that your mind becomes so clear. Wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing.

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing your walk with us! I love my walk too, although the climate is much different where I live in Hawaii, I think the sense of awe and wonder must be the same.

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Great lens... now I feel like I've been out walking in the woods.

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      Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Came back to bless it. Enjoyed it again.

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      oztoo lm 4 years ago

      I am so envious of you right now. What a truly amazing place to live and have privilege to share the wonders of nature. Great lens with beautiful photo's. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Just had to come back and say how glad I am to see this on the "Lensmaster Spotlight: Inspiration and Motivation: by way of a few great lenses ..." page. Well deserved, and congratulations!

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Just had to come back and say how glad I am to see this on the "Lensmaster Spotlight: Inspiration and Motivation: by way of a few great lenses ..." page. Well deserved, and congratulations!

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      carocwn 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens and topic.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      Really awsome lens. Thank you for sharing

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      I love these nature photos they are beautiful.

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Love the photos and stories with them. Think I'll take a walk in the woods! SquidAngel blessed! ;-)

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I don't get out in Nature as much as I would like these days, so I had to come and re-visit this lens. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photographs and your lovely idyls in the woods near your home.

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      this is beautiful. thank you.

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      nifwlseirff 5 years ago

      What a beautiful place to live! Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos and prose!

      I lived at the edge of Melbourne, near state forests for years, and loved getting out on the trails on a weekend. But in Japan and Germany, I have lived in the middle of busy cities. It feels odd to take a car or train trip just to get away from the human bustle and back to nature!

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      sheriangell 5 years ago

      I love your photo of the sea of ferns the best. Ferns are so full of color and texture. Truly loved my visit here. Angel blessed today!

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      Annbulance2000 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos and I like the words you have written. Ferns are my favourites. I used to work at Kew gardens in London and they have a fern house there. I would go in my lunch hour and marvel at each new frond opening. Some of the ferns were huge and very lovely.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      You are so blessed to be able to view this beautiful sight each day. How exciting to see such things happening all around you.

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      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Wow! So close to nature and its wonders ^_^ Beautiful!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      What lovely photos.

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      Barbie Crafts 5 years ago from United States

      Your home seems like heaven.

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Wow this was beautiful. I put it in my top 100 list. I also pinned it.

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      dc64 lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for introducing me to your slice of heaven. What a breath-taking view you have from your house.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      @Spiderlily321: Thanks you so much!

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      I love this lens and have added you to my featured lenses on the walking lens that I am currently working on

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      AnnieMoril 5 years ago

      I feel as if I took this walk with you. Lovely lens. Beautiful photos.

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      I had to come back here tonight and take this wonderful walk again, such a calm, beautiful place to be, there under the trees. Thank you. :)

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      thesuccess2 5 years ago

      Great Lens : Easy Blessing

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      nyclittleitaly 5 years ago

      Great lens.

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      A truly amazing lens! Your photos took my breath away. This is a fantasy for a city girl like me. Thank you.

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      Writing Nag 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yes! A beautiful journey through nature, well done!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Stunning lens! So well done and the pictures are just gorgeous. I plan on visiting, time and time again. Blessed.

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      glowchick 5 years ago

      Great lens :)

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      Jack-in-the-Box 5 years ago

      I am so jealous of your walking with nature. I am a country girl stuck in the city. I long to be back in the country. Your lens was so refreshing to look at. Thanks for the great pictures. I loved it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Our glorious, I so enjoyed my walking with nature with you and you made me home sick....its like you have pictures of a path I have been on many times...feeling the presence of the trees...lovely!

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      Letscosplay 5 years ago

      I wish I'll live somewhere like that!

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      Snakesmom 5 years ago

      Love the photos you have shown here, great selections of nature in full bloom!

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      What lovely, lovely photos of your walks with nature! I like being out in nature, whether it's out for walks in nearby wooded areas or along our local river, or just in my back yard that backs up to a little strip of woods.

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      wilfredpadilla 5 years ago

      I like this lens, I love nature.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Come back to say... Happy, funny, healthy Saint Patric Day... as we all are a little Irish today

      Regards

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      you are so blessed to be in such beautiful woods...

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      esvoytko lm 5 years ago

      These photos are gorgeous.

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      mel-kav 5 years ago

      Great photos. I want to live there - it's absolutely beautiful!

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      VisFeminea 5 years ago

      Beautiful! I Love Nature.

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      Ken McVay 5 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia

      Lovely, lovely lens - Blessed for your vision.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow nice lens with great photos. Thanks.

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      Andy 5 years ago from London, England

      Excellent lens and photos. What a wonderful place to live.

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      WilliamPower 5 years ago

      Beautiful, detailed color photos. Great!

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      waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      Nature inspires creativity and innovation. Congrads on your Squidoo trophy. Converstations helps. Thanks.

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      puppyprints 5 years ago

      Looks like you live in an awesome place! I love nature.

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      Gabriel360 5 years ago

      Amazing Photos! Nature truly is amazing.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Gorgeous images! I wish I could grow Columbines. They're even prettier in the wild.

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      wahrsein 5 years ago

      Great Lens!

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      Namymartyn 5 years ago

      nice pics............

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      gardendoll426 5 years ago

      This is a really fantastic lens. I can't wait until spring is upon us here in Wisconsin and I am able to go out for hikes again. Your pictures in this lens are so beautiful! The moose! Love it :) Thank you so much for sharing your nature with me

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      This lens is beautiful! I love it. The pictures are very nice. I love nature, and it's creator! God is surely amazing. Angel Blessed!

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      Titia Geertman 5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Like you love your walks in the woods, I love my walks in the nature of my 'flat' country, with the old creeks, beautiful colored skies, the hopping hares and running pheasants. Can't imagine why you haven't gotten a LOTD yet.

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      ForestsOfTranqu 5 years ago

      I completely agree with you, nothing beats the scents, sounds, sights and feeling of nature and the forests.

      Your photos are fantastic!

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Great lens with excellent pictures. Thank you very much!

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      MaartjeJepsen 5 years ago

      Great story and great pictures! I love it!

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      dixiebliss 5 years ago

      I am so thankful that you took me on that walk. Absolutely STUNNING!

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Thanks for taking us along on your walk.

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      hilaris 5 years ago

      What an amazing place! Thanks for sharing this experience with us.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a real pleasurable walk that I have taken in a while! Learning from nature - I wish it were 'second nature' to us all! :)

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      wonderfully illustrated lens, I enjoyed my walk with you - blessed

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      Steveosaurus 5 years ago

      beautiful......you do live in an amazing place...!! thanks for sharing it with us.

      I wish more people would post on amazing places that they live in. This way everyone would get to travel around the world at a click...!!

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      PecjakJN 5 years ago

      wonderful leans thanks for sharing.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Your wonderful imagination and poetic approach to the beauty of nature is awe inspiring, If only others could see the beauty in trees and the benefits of walking with nature instead of destroying it. Blessed and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012 and also on Why are there Trees. Hugs

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      This was an exquisite experience. You are so fortunate to have this outside your door! Thank you.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Lovely lens. I find solace in my nature walks too.

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      Motaro 5 years ago

      I 'm a nature lover, lovely pictures and thoughts you placed on a sheet of paper..thank you :)

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Can't wait for Spring. Nice!

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      VillaDejaBlue 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      hughgrissettsr lm 5 years ago

      serene lens!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Absolutely stunning photography - blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      Wonderful photography and a wonderful life! Welcome to Squidoo and congrats on your purple star. *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to My Squid Angel Blessings 2012 in the "Education » Science » Nature " neighborhood. Whoot! You are the 1st in that category this year.

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      RuthieDenise 5 years ago

      I love the pictures. They are beautiful.

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Your lens reminds me of my own ramblings in the woods so I enjoyed taking a virtual walk with you in your neighborhood. Lovely photos!

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      MermaidDoc 5 years ago

      Thank you for this wonderful walk in the forest. You have really transported me to your piece of paradise.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      I too am a woods walker. Very nice to meet you. d

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      teachersolutions 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos!

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      perrybenard 5 years ago

      Absolutely wonderful lens beautiful pictures i love your view and your viewpoint!

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      Light-in-me 5 years ago

      Wow this is just incredible! I feel like I just went for a walk with you :).

      Thank you for sharing these beautiful images and your wonderful thoughts and home.

      Nice work,

      Robin :)

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      What an incredibly beautiful page. I read this like a meditation, slowly, breathing, senses fully alive. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      Beautiful, exceptional lens. Congrats on your purple star.

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      WoodlandBard 5 years ago

      This is incredibly beautiful

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You have an amazing place to live. Excellent lens.

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      efriedman 5 years ago

      So glad that you use your own photographs for this nature lens

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Back for another look. Beautiful.

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      ronaldpakasi 5 years ago

      I like the pictures! Great lens!