Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Nature Treks...

This time of year finds me running through nature in a state of visual ecstasy! Its so amazing out there! I love seeing the light in the morning or the evening and all the quick changes in the woods that are happening..and the new green colors are so BRIGHT! I find it is well worth it for me to spend at least two hours running through the local countryside almost everyday! It's good for the body, mind, and soul. I can regenerate as much as I need to, and then get back home to create. This time of year, I can stay out longer and longer, though. I run, take some pics, hike, take some pics, sprint, take some pics...just following wherever my eyes lead me....

Like here...some moss springs up in the color it only can this time of year,...I feast my eyes..

And here, Angus wants to follow me, I am on a ledge that is the entry to an underground railroad tunnel that was built just to let a stream through...it is beautiful and the sound of running water over rock and stone is pure peace!

Here is how I first saw it...
stopped me dead in my tracks...

Walking closer, I immediately found this...an old green glass insulator...I love the color...yes I ran with it the rest of the morning to bring it home...

Look at the sunlight in this pool of water....right where the tunnel stream empties...

Earlier, when Angus beat me to it...

I love crossing logs over creeks...except that
I have to be cautious..I wouldn't care if I fell in, but that would mean the end of my Droid...and I would be destroyed without my Droid!! Its such a great camera and slides right in my back pocket...

Here I made it to the opening... did I crawl through? Nope, not this time. There is about forty yards of a hill and who knows how many tons of earth and over this thing...going all the way up to support the track..like tunnels you drive through in the mountains...except this one is maybe four feet deep, if that...eeek!! Might be some Sleestacks in there, or something!

I just love it here!
So did Angus...
Here is a view of the tracks I followed...
tracks to one side, old growth woods and creek to the other..paradise!!

My entry point...running on tracks is odd, you have to land your feet on each of the ties...which doesn't match my stride...so I take to the ditches and woods...

Here is another adventure, one of many recent trips to the farm...

My middle child Cassie stayed the weekend with my Dad...she fished, and played, and fished ALL day never stopping unless to mess with the horses...
she told my Dad on her second day there,.."Do-da, I have been here so long, I feel like I live here now!" She would if I let her, and I almost wish I could...


Joy in these eyes...
Here is the little pond, where a kid can catch Goggle Eye and Sunfish all day...

And here is Ms. Cass proudly handling her catch...

And here a view from the road driving in..you can now see "The Big Pond' from the road due to some clear cutting on neighbor's land in '07....it was a sad time to have the dam end of the pond's visual landmarks and forest taken away, but I have adjusted and it is now bright and sunny there, more open and vast seeming....

The whole drive was blissful...the light kept swiftly changing from dark like this to sun...this is White Store Rd in Union County, and there is no telling how many times I have driven it. Always the way to find my dad, who in his retirement has been painting daily, and this is just a small sample of his efforts...there are so many, they are drying all over his front and back porch. Mys sister recently photographed more of them and put them on her blog, "The Halloweenstress"
on my blog list at the bottom of the page..




Here are some shots back in my home woods and creek..

One morning I saw the creek glittering in the sun and the bubbling rushing water and the brilliant green moss, crows calling, tree frogs chirping...hard to believe I made it back home!

Just divine!!!
One of my favorite easy to run across logs...Angus looks on...

These unusual plants are popping up alongside patches of daffodils all over the forest where I go play..
I love the old growth hardwoods and the beautiful shapes their trunks form..

This day, I actually wore Angus out...2 hours does the trick for him, too...


Thanks for stopping by and more WIP pics for The Halloween Convention coming soon!!

11 comments:

Dustin Pearson Harlan said...

Fabulous ALL Bran!!! I LOVE the creek tunnel, take me there soon! I am so jealous!!! All your photographs are stunning and the writing is breathtaking too. What a wonderful delight for me before bed. I hope that with this the last thing I look at and read for the day I can count on a night dreaming of good things:)
Love you!~D

Ann said...

Brandi-great blog today-the joy of spring and rebirth captured in picture and verse-the funny flowers near the daffs are toad lilies, a kind of trillium. Happy Easter to you and yours. Angie

Ann said...

Brandi-I stand corrected, the trillium is called a toad shade not a toad lily. They are beautiful-we have many types of trilliums in New England, but I have never seen one of these in the wild-just in garden shops. Angie

Lisa said...

Just another great walk, I loved the photo of the sun streaming through on the water.

Lisa

Laura Irrgang said...

These are so great! That tunnel is kind of spooky. I'm not sure I understood what it is---part of a mining shaft? Something with the railroad? In college I used to always park out in the country and go for long walks alone on the railroad tracks----super safe, huh? Cassie's a doll. I'd like to come live out there for a while, too. Angus looks so happy. Bye!

LuLu Kellogg said...

Brandi!!! My Man in the Moon Arrived and he's AWESOME!!!!!! I feel just like a little kid at Christmas! Eeeeeeeeeek! I have to go to the hardware store to get a hook to hang him from the ceiling on. I promise to have pictures when he's up! You Rock! Thank you!

These pictures are fabulous! I really loved the creek tunnel.

Hippity Hoppity Sweet Girl!

LuLu♥

Shes Off Her Rocker said...

Dusti...I promise one day soon....before it gets too overgrown..just you me, Gooberhead and Goobress will go back there! XOXO

Shes Off Her Rocker said...

Ann..thank you do much! I love the Toad Shades.. did not know what they were but enjoy them every spring. I used to transplant plants from the woods and do a lot more gardening...now I only play in mache. So glad you continue you stop by..I enjoy hearing from you!
Brandi

Shes Off Her Rocker said...

Thank you Lisa it was a great adventure.thanks for stopping by..hope you are enjoying your spring!

Shes Off Her Rocker said...

Hi Laura! It is a shaft to let a stream go under...It is such a cool spot..yes you and I are drawn to the same kind of places! I should probably wear a pistol. Would have to find a comfy holster....
Right now Angus is enough...he would go directly to an evildoer's ass! He is very protective! Ttys!

Shes Off Her Rocker said...

LuLu....Yay! I am sooooo glad you like him...it was a pleasure to make him for you and I can't wait to see your pics!!
XOXO
Bran