Monday, April 10, 2023

Back to the Woods and Water, Easter, 2023

So far, having moved my residence from a small town to a small city forty minutes away by car has presented no problems. Yet because life unfolds the way it does, issues crop up when least expected and the world implodes. Thankfully winter has receded and the ice is gone. I can go where I please and walk and hike without cleats on the bottom of my shoes. To find solace, I seek the woods and the water, even if it trickles. At the beginning of spring, water tends to flow more fully and visibly than in the depths of summer. The virgin green of spring has yet to arrive. It is as though everything is slowly waking up. But a day will come when suddenly the leaves on the trees will have unfolded and the bulbs will have bloomed to face the heat of the sun. Photos copyright 2023 Lyn Horton

Monday, October 10, 2022

In Oregon in 2022

Years have passed since I have seen my son in Oregon. 

Certainly not during Covid, which time included moving from Worthington to North Adams, MA.

This year was special because my son was married in a beautiful small ceremony in a community park on a glorious sunny fall day.

The following photographs were taken when my son took me on a hike at Tumalo Falls and a walk along the Deschutes River.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Away Too Long

Because I am aging, my body needs longer to recover from physical activity. And since July of this year, I have been too riveted to my new living situation to leave it on Sundays. But yesterday was an exception. 

Not much rain has come down these last few months, so I have believed that where I would go or where I would want to go, no water would be flowing in streams, over the rocks, and or cascade in a waterfall. But, in this instance, I was wrong.

We need water in our bodies and in our lives. No debate can be had on that subject.

Just the sound of it flowing makes a difference to me. As it does for many.  Water flowing equates with time. As water flows, so do the minutes of dwelling on the appreciation of who we are on the planet and realizing how blessed we are when we are out of harm's way. 

We are witnessing vast and severe changes to the earth. We must preserve and persevere with the momentum of caring for it, stabilizing the huge swings in climate, and letting our voices be heard. 

Cascades Trail, North Adams, MA
photo copyright 2022 Lyn Horton

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Returning to The Gorge, July 27, 2022

It was the middle of the week. A heat wave had blistered the region where I live so much so that I did not want to go outside. Miraculously, the heat broke with a rainstorm. And pleasant days ensued. Wednesday was one of them.

I had made plans to pick up a piece of art made on canvas whose edges were finished by a seamstress who lives in the town down the street from the house where I used to live.  Because the drive is forty minutes away and because I usually exercise on Wednesday, I thought to take a hike by the Westfield River which I had not done in nearly two years.

Hardly any cars were parked in the lot in this state-preserved area. That I appreciated. My history with this hiking/walking area is long. It has been a place of solace for well over a decade. Seems as though it should have been for a longer period of time. I associate it with the person for which this blog was created so we both could publish photographs. Now that he is long gone, this blog has become a platform for my photographs of this place as I tread on the trail. Wearing my gorgeous, comfortable gray and orange hiking boots. And my black full-of-pockets trail pants. And compression top.

This Wednesday, I took my good camera. 

The camera on the phone isn't good enough sometimes.

Poetry is in the imagery. All twelve lines of it.

Except for these lines in words:

Embarking on my three-mile walk
I could not hear the rushing of the river 
Below down the steep embankment.
The trail had been leveled off with packed sand
Hiding the hundreds of rocks exposed by erosion.
The walking was less one of avoiding the rocks 
And more of being able to look around without tripping.
The water was so low
An island of wildflowers and grasses 
Raised itself in the middle of the river.
At the halfway point
I sat on the water's edge
For a while 
Across from the island
Underneath drooping branches 
Of a birch tree.
A warm breeze surprisingly blew
Across the river
And the brilliant green leaves 
Attached to the low-hung branches
Gently kissed the lens of my camera.
Blessed by the wonder
I witnessed and sensed
I lifted myself up 
On to my feet 
And began climbing 
To the trail
On the way
The short trek

Copyright 2022 Lyn Horton

Friday, April 22, 2022

Starting All Over Again

A few weeks ago, I was talking on the phone with a female friend and former neighbor, who lives in the town in which I used to live, for forty-two years. 

I have written so many times in so many places about the move that I made from the country to the city that I should be wearing out the subject by now.

But the trauma of the change lives beneath my skin.

The subject of our phone conversation mostly concerned how distant I feel from my son and how he has assured me that I am not alone.

The weather outside on that day produced grey skies and chilly temperatures for April.

Spring is supposed to be springing. One can tell that in some places, it has been warm enough to bring up the daffodils. But that is about it. It is the end of April now. At some point, the heat will be so hot that I will have to turn on the air conditioner. 

I want the sun. I want the sun to guide me. Not only in time but in hope.

The phone conversation ended after an hour with instructions from my friend, who is also a dedicated Mother. She said: Take a walk, Lyn. 

And I did and I discovered this beautiful tree, its branches defined clearly by the white sky.