Trailside Beauty

Trailside Beauty

nature, lake, poetry


nature’s beauty calls

whispers among the forest

the language of love


Much like John Muir, I go to the woods to be set right. To restore my mind, body, and spirit by communing with nature. These images are taken along one of my favorite places to hike around town at Lake Fayetteville. I go there for the combination of easy access, woods, lake, and hidden beauty. Here are some “discoveries” from my hike last week.

mushrooms, beauty

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. ~ John Muir

fungus, lichen

And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. ~ John Muir

beauty, salamander

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. ~ John Muir

creek, love

Let nature speak to your heart. ~ Musebrad


75 thoughts on “Trailside Beauty

  1. Great Pictures Brad…And yes, nature is humanity’s free anti depressant, anti anxiety cure. You walk into the woods one person and you leave as someone else! It restores our soul and refuels our energies. Glad you are finding peace there. Enjoy πŸ™‚ VK

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  2. Thank you for taking us on this journey! Within and All Around.

    I especially loved your words “I go to the woods to be set right. To restore my mind, body, and spirit by communing with nature.” and accompanying photos and quotes.

    And I can so relate to the incredible therapy of forestry.

    Have a wonderful night Brad!

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  3. Hi amigo, wow your post is literally such a breath of fresh air πŸ˜„ You are an amazing photographer and beautiful gentle spirit! Loved all your photos, words, and sentiments. I almost feel like I am right there with you on that rejuvenating forest walk. Thank you:) Hugs and blessings

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  4. Just so much beauty to be found in Natures Woodlands.. Fungi so special in so many ways… Finding beauty in the small things takes us out of those larger distractions that we are escaping from.. Lovely images and Quotes dear Brad..Love the John Muir quote.. May we keep our Spirits clean πŸ™‚ πŸ’šπŸ™ Have a great weekend Brad.. I hope you manage to keep walking in Mother Natures calm..

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  5. Oh…it speaks to my heart, Brad!
    Yesterday I was on my paddle board and a manatee arrived to play with me for a while. She would turn around and swim away and then turn back and come right at me. I won’t lie…I felt a teeny bit scared…they are GIANT!! But then, a male (I am guessing) suddenly showed up out of nowhere…and he went right up to the lady manatee (again…I am guessing) and then they both reared their heads up out of the water and started to rub their noses together…like a nose kiss!!! I swear they were looking right in my eyes…only 4 feet away!! And the message I got was that we need a whole lot more love in this world!! The manatees, on full display, have sent a message!!
    Thanks for listening…I know I rambled on.
    I believe we have to keep sending love out into the world…no matter what!!
    Hope you have a great week, Brad!

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  6. You have a great eye and wonderful way with words. I loved learning a bit more about John Muir, too. So many human beings these days are not able to immerse themselves in the natural world — and even the night sky is transformed from a thing of awe to a few specks of stars due to our light pollution. May we all be able to spend time with trees and fungi and water and lakes and streams!

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