Walking close to the Goddess!
We walked a new trail in Linley Valley this morning. It was the one that leads off the end of Linley Road. Walking this trail was a very different experience from taking the previous trails through the Linley Valley – Cottle Lake Park lands.
This end of the Valley is much wetter than the other. The undergrowth is all fern and skunk cabbage.
Moss drapes from every surface. In many places Ferns grow directly from the Mossy Surface of a Tree Trunk!
This is the greens of the wet, west coast; strong, dominant, all tones from the brightest to the deepest. The air itself is green – light breaks down through the canopy overhead and highlights the textures of the surfaces around us. This is Gaia.
The only spots of colour were the delicate red huckleberries, dangling below the branches of the huckleberry bushes. Everywhere else is green; bright green, grey green, blue-green, brown green and glowing green in the sunshine.
The new growth on the ferns showed and glowed the most in the dancing sunlight, here bright and glowing and then deep and mysterious as the light moved on.
It was cool under the canopy this morning. The leaves rustled in the breeze overhead, moving into and out of the light and shadow. It was breezy enough that even on the path the odd, errant dried leave would dance and skip across the wooden walkways.
You can tell that this end of the Valley was the home and play area of the NALT. There were literally kilometers of wooden board walks laid down to protect the natural undergrowth and the footwear of the walker. The walk was dry today in most spots, but you could tell that this would be very wet and muddy if the we had been experiencing our regular rainfall!
There were bridges over the stream where the path crossed the stream and each was in memory of a NALT member. I can understand why they fought so hard to preserve this very special and unique area – this has been one of my favorite walks to date. And we didn’t even get too deep into it! So much to look forward to!