Saturday, August 22, 2009

Tree Root Man.....
See what we found today, nature's effigy, the Tree Root Man! Doesn't he look ancient and knarled and wise? Perhaps he is an oracle and will divine your future if you approach him the right way. Make him an offering of some kind? Sit patiently at his feet?


Here are some of his bretheren...reaching towards the water, in slow but barely discernable ecstacy......


On our way down today, it was so beautiful out I can't even describe it. Breezy and warm, but NOT hot. Late August! I couldn't be FOUND inside today! Jim went and got me a new innertube for the stroller's busted tire, so the kids, Angus and I grabbed our gear and the girls grabbed their bikes and we all took off!


I bring up the rear, Danny runs ahead...he always takes off his shoes when we reach the trails... its so soft and muddy and good on feet...





I love how each turn in the trail is full of exciting possibility! We can't wait to see what we might find next!


Danny finds many rocks, as usual, and then he scores this box turtle!

Once we get to the water, I become engrossed in all the details. Lots of these pics are blurry but the beauty was there...I love this creek's shallow rocky bottomed portion..



Bold remnants of color shot accross the water and lay on rocks here and there... yellow and red...hints of fall for sure!!


So peaceful. Makes you glad to be breathing.


I love this one...


More roots that appear to be in a slow but fluid motion...

Nature's art....
The girls love to climb...

Here are a whole clan of root men.... one part in particular looks like a big lipped sea monster baring teeth, see it?

Ellie points to some lichen growing on this tree's base...

Angus, always on the sniff and hunt...


A favorite little deep spot that Cassie loves to get in...the mossy log is a great perch to walk out on and test the water...

Danny and Angus sitting beneath me for a bit on the mossy log, with the SECOND box turtle we found, this time by Ellie!
Danny told me he was making the turtle a bed...




And after a day like today we'll all sleep well in our own beds tonight!




I know....




Because the Tree Root Man told me!!

7 comments:

The Captain said...

That sounds like a wonderful day!

Lisa said...

I couldn't wait for you to fix that tire and see where you'd head out to. Your treks bring back so many memories, and I so look forward to your nature shots! Yes, the creature gave you a gift and thanks for sharing him.

Lisa

Shes Off Her Rocker said...

It was a wonderful day, captain! Thanks for stopping by! Lisa! YOU must enjoy woods visits, too!! Glad you liked the creature!

yoborobo said...

What a great post, Brandi. I love that you and your crew just head out for the day. Your Old Root Man pic is amazing...he has Halloween written all over him, I think! Your youngest making a bed for the turtle brought back some lovely memories of mine when they were wee grubs. :) xo Pam

Georgina said...

That root man is incredible...I love i!

Tracy M. said...

Wow! I love where you live. What an awesome place to raise kids, it's so beautiful and green. Thank you for sharing you day.
Tracy M.

jennifer said...

I love Tree Root Man. He was an awesome focal point of a cool post!

When I was a kid, there was a tree on the edge of a ... ravine maybe? Large ditch? Anyway, the roots formed a perfect arm chair and we would take turns sitting in the chair above the slope. Tree Root Man takes me back!