The other day my friend Kathy wrote a blog about gazing that struck a chord with me so deeply that I’ve had to revisit her post at least three times. Her words hung with me Sunday when Tony and I visited a new-to-us place on the Leelanau Peninsula, and so we took a little more time examining the woods than we normally might when freezing rain threatens. (It held off until we went into the grocery store, soaking our bags on the way back to the car.)
Particularly as winter wears on, we wish to hurry it, to press more quickly for spring. And that’s understandable – who doesn’t want to be surrounded again by birdsong, blooming flowers, and morels? Since there’s no hurrying it, though, I choose to spend my blue-grey days looking for the details – the splendid little things that just don’t stand out amidst the more vibrant backgrounds that prevail rest of the year.
These are the things we gazed upon as we lingered in the winter woods. I hope you can appreciate their beauty, and maybe even the surprise in the details. And seriously, if you haven’t clicked through to Kathy’s blog, you should. Because she was much more eloquent in waxing philosophic, while I’m mostly just sharing pictures of putting that philosophy to work.
Broken tree mimics bridge
Wispy curling bark
Mimicking a rainbow eucalyptus
Enjoying the overlook