The Dark Woods - Autumn Inspiration
Happy fall, everyone! Here's an autumn inspiration post for you to help get you in the mood for the darker months ahead. There's something really special about the time of year when the energy of plants goes back into the roots, back into the ground, and inward. It's a great time to pay close attention to your surroundings - wherever you may be. I've noticed the first signs of fall around here. It's a subtle start, and I'm taking it all in.
This weekend I took a lovely walk through the woods with some friends at dusk. The sun was setting, but the trees and greenery were so thick that the light was barely getting through at all. This was the last I saw of the sun:
The temperature was mild, and the air was moist and humid. It's easy to see how all the mosses thrive in the area.
There were wonderful little mushrooms everywhere. You know how I love little things like this! It's when I see these marvelous sorts of details that I start coming up with ideas for craft projects. When I lived in California I was all about the oak forests and acorns, and now I die over moss and miniature white mushrooms on beds of dry leaves.
I also like the spookiness of big black trees with gnarled roots and hollows.
But I especially like the quietude. Silent, dark spaces with delicate green moss carpets and thin branches decorated with lichen.
The last bit of light catches the tops of the ferns.
And before you know it, the light is gone altogether, and you scurry out of the forest before the darkness can envelope you. Off home, where it is warm, and bright - and that's how you do fall.