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Friday, 19 October 2018

Hallowed space

Trails at Strathgartney were decked out in their autumn glory. Leaves covered the ground 





but many remained on the trees despite the high winds the previous day. 





A week of miserable weather had kept us inside and my husband and I were glad to be hiking again. The golden grand-dog was as delighted as we were.


Our pilgrimage to the Creekside trail descended the Bonshaw Hills through the gold-leafed birches. 





At the beginning of the trail, young maple trees in their yellow finery filled the spaces at ground level. 





Though it lacks colour, a path through dense coniferous trees is always a favourite.





Red adds to the foliage along the trail 





while the predominant yellow creates a glow in places. 




Late last month, the creek was dry but after a week of rain, it now had a gentle stream. The sound of the water filled the space.





The area around the creek looked like a naturally open space topped with deciduous trees high above.





It has the feel of a cathedral’s nave, the ceiling of which was crafted by the Master’s hand. 






The openness of the area, the colours and sound of the water could only be imagined or dreamt.





A hallowed space indeed!


We continued on out of the valley and along the creek to the Rock and Roll and Hemlock Trails, buoyed by a sense of well being which nature at her best provides!





16 comments:

DJan said...

Wow! Your pictures are simply stunning, Marie. I love the golden ones the best, but they are all wonderful. Thank you so much for taking me there. :-)

Secondary Roads said...

How delightful to saunter with you through that hallowed space. I feel enchanted.

Andrea said...

Beautiful yellow fall! Pine forests in themselves are very relaxing and when other leaves fall, they are nice in the winter to walk through. Andrea

William Kendall said...

Such beautiful fall colours!

Elephant's Child said...

Oh how beautiful. It must have been particularly welcome after weather had confined you inside.
And I love your prose as much as your photos. Thank you for taking us along.

bill burke said...

What a stunning landscape to hike through, so very colourful.

Catarina said...

The colors are magnificent!!!

Barb said...

Yes, I can see that you were lifted in spirit by this walk in beautiful fall glory. The granddog is almost hidden by the big trees.

Anvilcloud said...

There's something about walking in the woods.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Trees are one of nature's miracles, getting more beautiful as the seasons change and as they mature. Such stunning images you have shared with us here Marie, j'adore ✨

Barbara said...

Beautiful pictures. I love to shuffle my feet through the leave on the ground. Such a wonderful sound.

Mage said...

Just spectacular colors and life near you there. So exciting, and so color happy. Thank you.

Debbie said...

Beautiful captures as the season changes!!

Danielle L Zecher said...

I think the yellow leaves are my favorites. I like the glow. Glad the weather improved enough for you to be able to get outside and enjoy the fall color.

Jenn said...

It looks so peaceful and serene!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

We loved to visit Strathgartney as a child, the trails through the woods are just beautiful. I love your beautiful imagery and thoughts as you walk! There's something so exhilarating about walking in the beautiful leaves!