Nature and the Soul, Explored Through Photography

Down The Rabbit Hole

I take it WILD, my “nature cocktail,” with a slice of Rugged and a pinch of Barely Accessible, straight up.  Never could stay on a path, unless it’s one the deer have mashed out with their cloven-hoof comings and goings.

Oh, I still whine about the ticks, the thorns, the burrs speckling my khakis, but secretly – I like it.

Those lesions and adhesions symbolize, for me, an initiation rite… When I’m brave enough to bare my back to Nature’s slicing and sunburn, a “wall” seems to open, revealing a hidden world.

It’s as though I’ve been accepted into an exclusive community bustling with animals, birds, insects, all going about their business as though humans were merely a mild curiosity, nothing to mind.

It’s an Alice in the Rabbit Hole experience, something you can’t plan for.  But if willing to take the dive, the glorious “Unknowing” is wilder than dreams.

Here are a few pics from some of my excursions into Nature’s Wonderland.  I know your experiences are equally wonderful… please share them with me!

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9 responses

  1. Dot Fielder

    Beautiful as always, dear Syd! Your postings make my day.

    Love you!
    Dot

    September 30, 2010 at 8:40 am

    • Thank you, Dot! Love you too!

      September 30, 2010 at 11:40 am

  2. Laura Pfeifer

    absolutely beautiful photographs!! I love being exposed to the world you see with the up close and personal shots of the dew-covered dandelion and the caterpillar. thanks for sharing those!

    September 30, 2010 at 9:38 am

    • My pleasure, Laura! The close-ups are always my favorites, too…I’ve always had an affinity for the “tiny world within the large!” Thanks for your comment! 🙂

      September 30, 2010 at 11:41 am

  3. Through your amazing work we who are not so adventuresome get to experience the wonder of nature through your eyes. After having poison ivy all my life and three times this spring I have developed what I laughing call PISD(Poison Ivy Stress Disorder)..so I will depend on your inspiring look at nature to keep me in touch with a world I love….Thanks Cecelia

    September 30, 2010 at 1:55 pm

  4. This is an amazing post! What really amazes me is the congruency between what we have been experiencing lately. . . I too have been enthralled by the tiny. I have lady bugs in my asparagus patch. You should drop by. . .

    Of this set of shots, I have to say the dew drops on the grass leaves are my favorite, followed closely by the intimate portrait you captured of that assassin bug! WOW! I can never get them to stand still long enough for me to focus on them. . .

    October 2, 2010 at 9:51 am

  5. Lovely journey Sydnee. Thank you for taking us along. I particularly like your soft-eye doe tucked nicely into her environment. Terrill

    November 5, 2010 at 10:03 pm

  6. I am joyfully discovering many kindred spirits who love to create and marvel at this beautiful world…and you are one of them.
    Enjoy your photographs.

    April 15, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    • Your kind words made my day, Monica…thank you, humbly. Unexpected events and changes have kept me from my blog for several months now, but I hope to get back to it soon. They have not, though, kept me from my inner and outer journeys 🙂 I’m heading on over to your blog in a minute, eager to “read” a new friend’s life and heart! So nice to having something to look forward to — thanks!!!!

      April 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm

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