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What I Found On The Forest Floor

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts,
as for that subtle something,
that quality of air, that emanation from old trees,
that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
-Robert Louis Stevenson-

I hadn’t planned to go to the park that crisp spring morning last week, but my appointment ended sooner than I expected and I had full twenty minutes to spare, so off I went.

I love moments like that. Those unexpected gifts of time that are so precious in the midst of a busy day.

There was hardly anyone at the park so early in the morning, and I had the whole forest to myself save for birds twittering in the tree tops and the occasional squirrel bounding through the underbrush.

It was that delicious sort of early morning cold that makes you take deep cleansing breaths and feel heartily glad to be alive.

It also made me want to play hooky and fritter away an entire day picking berries, lolling by the stream reading, or ambling along squishy, pine-needled pathways.

But I was a good girl and stuck with a 20-minute amble, stopping often to bend down and inspect sturdy mushrooms, delightfully curly ferns, and a carpet of cheery yellow blossoms.

As excited as I am about moving to Australia, I do so love Washington State with her dense forests, rugged coastline, and achingly fresh, rain-washed air.

And until I move, I’m going to enjoy every moment of it.

What is your favorite part about where you live?

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Fabuleuxdestinbrenna - How did I miss that you were moving to Australia? Crazy! I love the picture of the fern. I feel like I was there with you!

Mia - Love moments like these too and am soo happy with what u found on the forest floor 🙂

That fern is soooo pretty!

there is this australian cheese i am absolutely enjoying and would love to post about it soonnnn:-)

bellini - Living in a semi-dessert climate I love the Springtime when everything is still so green and fresh. Wild sunflowers will be blooming soon, but until then we have cherry blossoms!

Theresanoel - Beautiful! Love the R.L.Stevenson quote! A stroll in the woods always refreshes me too! 🙂 Enjoy your remaining days in lush, rain-washed greenness!

Krista - It must’ve been while you were off gallivanting, Brenna! 🙂 I’m so excited – just working steadily towards my goal. I’ll keep you posted! 🙂 Isn’t that fern amazing? 🙂

Krista - Oh, thank you, Mia! I love that fern too. 🙂 Mmm, isn’t Australian cheese fantastic?! I can’t wait to read about your favorite one. 🙂

Krista - Isn’t it the best, Theresa? I was so delighted when I read it and KNEW I had to share it. 🙂

Krista - Wild sunflowers?! How lovely, Val! I hope you’ll post pics when they show up. 🙂

Jacqueline - Australia??! How did I miss this news bomb being dropped? For reals?? Tell more, please.

Tuula Mattson - Sounds like a lovely forest walk Krista – the photo of the mushroom is gorgeous. They look very sturdy indeed! My favorite thing about where we live is walking along the sea in the morning, helps clear my head & get the day started 🙂

Duchess - beautiful. As for me, I’m going to have to say the killer fresh Mozzarella from Cangiano’s but I don;t think thats what you mean 😉

Anonymous - Well said – those unexpected gifts of time that are so precious in the midst of a busy day! I agree with you. I love the curled ferns. Stay strong

Andrea and John - I think maybe I started following along too late as well! Where/when is the Oz move? I’m American/Aussie an John is Aussie so I’ve done that move…please don’t hesitate to ask if we can help you with anything =)

thefisherlady - that fern is indeed amazing! Your whole walk was exactly my heart too… I love those moments of escape and the morning cool freshness… and the deep breaths of air… I was right with you Krista…wholeheartedly!

Degustinations - Cute mushrooms… I can’t resist photographing them either. My favourite part of my world in the beach – it’s my haven and place of inspiration. You’ll see it soon 🙂

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