Natural objects themselves, even when they make no claim to beauty, excite the feelings, and occupy the imagination. Nature pleases, attracts, delights, merely because it is nature. We recognize in it an Infinite Power. –Karl Wilhelm Humboldt
About three weeks ago Dirt Man, Wylie, and I hiked Beaver Dam State Park. The sun shone brightly with just enough of a breeze that we were comfortable. Fall colors were still in full swing with the leaves flying through the air and crunching beneath our feet.
One last lady bug was still hanging around in this holly bush.
There is a nature trail and a hiking trail that wind around the lake. We traveled bits of both paths. We got a late start so we only hiked a little over six miles.
They offer canoe rentals. We saw a few people hout fishing while we were walking.
Frogs were croaking in the water, and squirrels were scurrying about the woods.
I found the view along the water trail to be the prettiest area.
The earthy tones of the changes leaves reflected in the water.
Though there is a horse trail we didn’t see anyone riding horses. We only saw a few runners, families, and people walking their dogs.
Wylie’s sneaking a peek through the tree.
Dirt Man used one of the special camera modes for this shot of one of the bridges.
The cloud activity was just as awesome as the colors of the woods.
There’s nothing quite like the solitude of the woods and water.
Hope you didn’t get tired of walking with me today.
Nature is the great emptiness, the source out of which our culture and all its flowering comes, and in order not to lose sight of this, not to become orphans lost in the minutiae of our daily lives and, like the rich man’s son starving outside his father’s gate, to forget who we are, it is vital that wildness be preserved for its own sake, which is to say, for our sake. –Dan Gerber, “Walking in Tierra del Fuego,” from Sacred Trusts