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Sep 26, 2012

life cycle

"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way.
Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all.
But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself."

-- William Blake

drift wood
driftwood, port townsend beach

There are many twisted, misshapen driftwood trees that I find on our walks along the shoreline, and I wonder how far or short they have travelled. No longer rooted in the soil their contribution to the land still continues in one way or another.

My walks in the forest offer me the chance to understand when a life passes, a new life begins. The pain and healing are visible, tangible.

white fungus on fallen tree

I heard that a fallen tree takes around 100 years to completely dissolve into the ground. During that long interval, other forms of life begin and feed off of the dead tree.

tree moss
moss growing on fallen tree

With each goodbye, a healing time begins. And then life blooms again.

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Joy said...

These are beautiful photos and words--very thought provoking. Thanks for the lovely dose of perspective.

Tracy said...

So much to learn from nature. Trees are great spiritual teachers, I think. These images are just GORGEOUS, Juaua...really breathtaking. The tender beauty of life is held within them, and at the same time that letting go. Great to catch up with you! I've been offline a few days having some fun, just now surfacing! :o) Happy Weekend ((HUGS))

michelle gd said...

a lovely reflection and collection of photos.
and a perfect quote from w. blake...

michelle gd said...

a lovely reflection and collection of photos.
and a perfect quote from w. blake...

desertskyquilts said...

Love the quote, love the driftwood. Wood is so imagination-provoking, in my opinion.

Bella said...

Oh I would love to visit Port Townsend beaches.
Your images are lovely - your words, so soft and comforting. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

Deborah said...


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