Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sanctuary

Hiking through the woods at this time of year is a unique experience. While in the summer, it is typically several degrees cooler when you come upon a stream, once it starts to cool off in October and November, it often feels a few degrees warmer once you reach the banks of the flume.

The streams are swollen with turbid water as the lakes are being drawn down for the winter. The banks are saturated, and strewn with colorful leaves that float to the ground when the breeze kicks in, creating an audible rustle.

The extra water holds the frost at bay, and nourishes the moss, keeping the streams banks green while the woods turn brown and yellow. The water swirls and splashes, buffeting the rocks and downed trees, yet amongst the violence, sanctuary has been found.

In the hollow of an old branch on a felled tree, a family of five has set up house. The curious youngster peeking over the wall to see what is happening, while the cautious father hovers over the others to protect them from whatever may come their way. Their footing is precarious. A rise in the water level would wash them out of the sheltering depression they have rooted in. Unable to flee, they wait.

Scott Bulger Photography
"Family of Five"


"The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep."

Robert Frost

6 comments:

Grasshopper said...

Damn...you the Man. A Masterpiece! Great write as well. Love the title. It's gorgeous! Is that blurred water in the OOF background? I LOVE IT!!!

gbulger1 said...

The picture matches the post in its beauty. Love it.

peter said...

wonderful photo!

and great post too!

Alison Du Bois said...

Lovely, Scott!

sherry said...

I'm smitten with this photo.

Thank you kindly for your insight on my blog. After a brief respite I am ready to work again today, although I still have lots of thinking to do about the direction I'd like to take my business in.

Karen Adams said...

Hey Scott, I love your photography, it's simply stunning.
Thanks for friending me on fb, friended you back.
Karen