I used to escape to the woods when I wanted to think. Of course that wasn’t always possible since we seldom lived near anything resembling “woods”, but I wasn’t particular about how many trees were actually required for solace. I’d perch on the limb of a single tree or even sit where I could see one across the street if necessary. A peach orchard could masquerade as a wood or even the leafy shelter of a grape vine. You see, I had memories of visits to the California redwood forests and the Oklahoma wild woods deeply ingrained in my mind and soul. I could conjure them up in a moment and walk through them until whatever problem or challenge troubling me had drifted away.
I still find solace in the company of trees. Trees symbolize strength and stability and longevity. They provide food and shelter for countless other forms of life. There is beauty and life in the woods that you can’t find anywhere else. So yesterday when we took a short walk in the woods at Hagerman I found myself breathing deeply and letting go of the stresses of the past few weeks. I looked around and took a few photos of the trees and found myself blessed once again by escaping into the woods.