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It’s one of those super-crazy-foggy days today. The type of day where the fog is so dense it precipitates and falls like light rain from the sky. On top of that the wind is eerily still giving the impression of a world that’s waiting…waiting…waiting. Days like this are best spent inside drinking hot chocolate and cozying up with your honey, but our furry friends often demand differently. So, when doggie finally pesters me off my backside I embrace the mood and go deep into the forest. Here the fog can envelop you inside the trees giving the impression of being inside a blanket within a blanket. Here you can lose your thoughts and meditate on your inner self. And Cape Blanco is just the place to do it!
One of the unique things about Cape Blanco is that you get a perfect mix of cliffs, beach and forest all in one spot. You can literally hike for miles in the latter, losing yourself in the cozy protection of the tree-lined paths. There are lots of official trails, but also many more “hidden” ones and the longer you spend here the more of them you discover. Whether foggy or dappled in sunlight these forest trails force you to look at the smaller things -> mushrooms peeking through the undergrowth, a slug stretching across pine needles, spots of light illuminating the moss. It’s uniquely beautiful in its own way and can make for some fun photography if you’re willing to get down on your knees and capture it.
I managed to persuade Gunta (and doggie Sissy) to come down for just such a photo shoot earlier this week. While the doggies ran and chased each other in the forest, we ambled along the path looking for interesting mushrooms and small things to capture our lenses. I always enjoy these kind of photo outings with friends. Paul often becomes bored brainless by my photography especially when I’m crawling around on the ground for 20 mins trying to capture that perfect flower shot
“Just a few more minutes, honey. This photo is going to rock!”
“Ummmm, yeah….” responds the near-zombie hubby
Doggie, on the other hand, is the perfect photo buddy as she is completely in tune with my habits and quite happy to sniff out interesting minutae while I take my time in the weeds. And, of course, other photo buddies are equally perfect. Gunta considers it perfectly normal when I’m wedged in-between the trees for 15 mins trying to angle a mushroom shot
“Take your time, I’ve got a really interesting a pine cone right over here…”
But of course the real beauty in the forest is its calm. When I was a kid I used to spend hours by myself in the forest near our summer house in Denmark and I still get that same sense of deep peace when I go into one today. No matter what the weather, when I step into those trees they envelop me in their silence and I am home. Photo buddy or not, a walk in the forest is a balm for the soul, but I’m still glad I got to capture a few shots along the way. Enjoy!
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