Ascend; Redwoods

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Have you ever walked in a Redwood forest? Have you ever experienced the stillness? The quiet? The soft crunch under your feet? Felt the spirit of the tree as you gently place your hand on the bark? Have you stopped and listened to the wind whispering in the tree top, high above your head?

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The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.

– John Steinbeck

I agree with John Steinbeck, it is impossible to do a Redwood tree justice with a camera lens, but that doesn’t keep me from trying. The photos in today’s post is from my last visit to the coast earlier this month. I have paid Redwood National Park a few visits with my daughter. The first time she was a year old, the look on her face as she first experienced the giant trees was priceless, one of those memories that I will always carry with me, deep down in my heart. In this materialistic world I find it to be the most challenging, yet outmost rewarding thing, to instill the importance of nature and experiences in my daughters heart. That the experiences you feel and devour with with your heart, are more valuable than any toy or electronic device that can be bought, (and soon replaced with something new.) These experiences stays with us, and actually gain value as we grow older, and share them with other loved ones.

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

– Denis Waitley

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I hope you enjoyed the walk in my favorite forest. Have a wonderful weekend!


Ms Zen


Weekly Photo Challenge; Ascend  

Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. Above everything else is my daughter. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

29 thoughts on “Ascend; Redwoods

    1. It makes me so happy that you enjoyed my post. Thank you very much for taking the time to let me know. I would love to see a Karri tree. I need to research that more 🙂 Visiting Australia is on my bucket list. I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend.

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      1. Yes i had a lovely weekend and hope your week is good. I imagine the feeling is the same when you wander amongst trees so tall and straight and the slight difference in height probably makes little difference. I haven’t wandered amongst the karri either ( I have but I was so young I don’t remember it well) so I may get there before I get to your wonderful forests.

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  1. My favorite tree in my favorite part of northern California. One of my best memories is that of hiking in with my painting equipment to paint. That painting is now on my wall. I think that everyone should visit a redwood forest at least once in their lifetime, it is definitely a spiritual experience.

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    1. Yes! It should be mandatory for everyone to visit the Redwoods 🙂 I can imagine painting among the redwoods being magical. Funny thing is, that every time I visit a forest, or a river nowadays, I think of you painting there! I guess you could say that your beautiful blog have some impact on others! Keep up the good job! You are a great source of inspiration. I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend my friend.

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