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I HOPE TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO PAUSE FOR A MOMENT,
ADMIRE THE CLOUDS, CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN, GAZE AT THE STARS,
TRAVEL TO THE DESTINATION YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO VISIT,
OR JUST GET OUT TO EXPLORE YOUR OWN BACKYARD.

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Jlynn Frazier

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
— John Lubbock

I have been spending a lot of time wandering in the woods behind our house with a camera and small notebook in hand. I carry the tools should the muse arise.

Some days I write. Some days I create images. Some days I just walk. Just making time to be out there is what matters.  

The morning has been a centering time to focus on being present and bringing awareness to start each day. I wander and look for shifting changes in the detail of the landscape.  

 On a morning stroll through the forest, I was drawn in by the magical way the light makes the leaves translucent. The way the warm morning light shines and spotlights small parts of the forest.

It was the only tree in this part of the forest where the light kissed the leaves just right. I sat on the ground to watch the light and capture the magic of the moment. A few minutes later the light shifted as the sun continued to rise and the leaves receded into the backdrop darkness of the forest.  

I did not go out with the purpose of making this photograph. I went out like I do each morning to be present and aware and just see where my wandering leads. What draws my attention. 

I pay attention to things like what the forest smells like, how the light shines and it’s temperature, the colors, shapes, lines, and textures, and most importantly what it feels like to be out there.

I am reminded of the importance of timing. How a little bit of time can really alter what we see (if we see it at all) and the way that we see it. I am also reminded of the importance of seizing the moment to follow curiosities and let yourself be drawn in by the magic of nature.  

 

Foraging for Fiddleheads

Jlynn Frazier

Fiddleheads or fiddlehead greens are the furled fronds of a young fern, harvested for use as a vegetable. Left on the plant, each fiddlehead would unroll into a new frond.
— Wikipedia

A spring walk in the woods exploring in our backyard is fun during all times of the year. We have a special love for early spring when the forest begins to change from the muted winter landscape to the growth of new life in the forest. The green we were hoping to find fiddleheads while wandering one evening after work.

Fiddleheads are found along riverbanks during a very brief period in the spring. You can typically find them in grocery stories here in Maine for a limited time too. We were fortunate that our evening foraging led to fiddleheads for dinner or "suppah" to throw in an extra Maine twist. Super fun and so yummy too. We were sure to pick plenty, but not all. Leaving some behind will help to encourage growth again next year.  

There is something extra special about enjoying a wonderful walk in the woods and closing out the evening with an amazing dinner found and picked with our own hands. Jared did most of the picking as the dogs ran and swam in the river and I got to soak it all in and create images. 

Ah, spring is here!