I took my latest nature walk alone. I so enjoyed the quiet and solitude of my hike at Asherwood that I decided to go solo once more. It was fine. Lovely, really, but near the end, I was ready for some company.
|Remnants of the Kern family Christmas tree farm, active from the 50's to the 80's.|
|I find this winding, pine needle covered path so enchanting!|
|There is nothing like being enveloped in a towering stand of pines to make you|
feel small and insignificant...and alone.
Only later, when I had (sort of) returned to my senses, did I conclude that I was probably never in any danger. However, from this moment on I was shaken, and began to see the forest in a different, more sinister light. Now I wished I had some company!
|Neat visual line pattern? Or reaching branches with a mind of their own...|
|"The branches bent down and twined around him."|
~The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
|It struck me odd that these trees were growing so closely together, as if they are huddling in some whispered conversation.|
|The Ruth Kern preserve was once Camp Wright, a camp serving boy scouts from |
eastern Chicago from 1932 to the 1950's. This duckweed covered pond was once their swimming hole. It looked harmless enough. Until I saw these creepy things...
Created by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson, first presented by DC Comics in 1971.
As I stood surveying this lovely, serene vista, I thought my mindset was shifting toward a more positive (less freaked out) outlook. One that could enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the forest. But around the next bend, I met this guy...
|Don't you recognize him?|
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, 2007
At this point I was very done with my solo hike, my rattled nerves could take no more! Thankfully I was at the end of the trail system and very close to the parking lot, where I dove into my vehicle and sprayed gravel as I high-tailed it outta there! This hiking alone thing is overrated!
All joking aside, it was a beautiful day for an enjoyable hike, regardless of the stampeding wildlife. Despite the questionable state of my nerves, I was able to get a few more nice pics to share. Enjoy!
|Layers of texture: pebbles, duckweed, water|
|Glad to know I wasn't completely alone!|
|Pods of the Redbud tree.|
See you next time...with my full entourage!!