Anne Reeder Heck
Treasures from the Trail
I hike daily in the forest near my home and get to experience nature up close. I often carry my camera to capture the beauty, the changes of seasons ~ and an occasional surprise.
One morning I had the good fortune to glimpse the morning sun through the red crest of a pileated woodpecker perched on a tall oak. I’ve encountered bear cubs (not taken lightly) and once spied a young buck, its antlers fuzzy and steaming in the morning light. Each day I find the forest and earth gift me with color and form filled with beauty and intrigue.
In this season of new beginnings, I’m seeing seedlings pushing through the soil, moist leaves unfolding in bright green colors, wildflowers blossoming and creeks rushing with spring rain.
In addition to great bonding time with my pup, these walks are, for me, both meditative and grounding. Nature inspires me to look closely, to learn and to be curious. Observing the beauty around me fosters greater appreciation of life, of miracles and of the importance and place for each being within the whole.
This intimate relationship with nature has also strengthened my intuitive sense. As I greet the trees, the earth, the stones and waters, I’m touched by the warmth and simple, yet profound, teachings they offer in return.
Nature's beauty and teachings are likely not far away for you. If you haven’t been out in the woods in some time, I encourage you to make opportunity to touch into this place of wonder. I’m certain you’ll come away feeling better for it.
Rev. Anne Heck