The mists drift softly across the forest floor on a cool Fall morning. The first snow hadn’t fallen yet but the chill in the air foretells the oncoming frosts. The squirrels still scurry through the leaves hiding nuts but rain softened leaves means they don’t make nearly as much noise. The moss growing on the fallen log catches my eye. I don’t really know why but the presence of moss has always had a calming effect on me. Perhaps it’s the soothing green tones or the soft texture. Or maybe I just associate it with the peaceful solitude of being in nature but it’s always been a way for me to push back the noise of modern life and relax. The single leaf resting on the moss provides a focal point for me to concentrate my gaze and allow my other senses to explore the world around me. Several small birds are close by foraging for insects on the various bushes. Their quick and sudden movements produce a different cadence in leaves than that of the squirrels make when they bond across the ground. The wind gently shakes the leaves on the trees in my yard and produces a rhythmic rattle while the stronger breeze up on the ridge makes the familiar roaring sound. The creek sings out it’s gurgling songs and provides a melody to accompany the rhythms of forest. At one point a woodpecker makes itself known with it’s laughing call echoing through the hills. The laughing call is followed by the hammering of it’s beak on an old snag somewhere close by. Like all drummers he knows that he’s the real star on this stage. As the woodpecker’s drum solo fades into a echo my recharging is complete. It’s time to raise my lens and preserve the memory of my front row seat of nature’s morning concert.
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