Saturday, September 21, 2013

Woodland


When I first read about this week's challenge over at Inspiration Avenue I wasn't quite sure whether I would participate this time or not. But of course the theme was walking around my mind and silently working its magic.

I have always loved the woods and I always will - be it the beautiful mixed forests in Germany, the dark redwood forest in the northern part of my state or the rain forest in the Pacific Northwest.

But then I remembered the piles of wood that you find in or close to the woods in Germany. The wood would be cut to the (almost) same size and then piled neatly - after all, we're in Germany, so it has to have its order! As children, my brother and I loved to climb on and walk along them. When I grew older I often sat there with my back against the pile, soaking up the sun. They were there, every season.


They were particularly beautiful in winter. Some winters were so cold that icicles would hang from them. If it was a good winter, the wood pile would be covered in snow, the sun would dance over it and paint beautiful little patterns with light and shadow and cast its warm light over it.




11 comments:

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Who would know that there was such beauty in wood piles. These are lovely images...beautiful.

Elephant's Child said...

How very beautiful - and thank you for focussing on a beauty other than that which leapt to my mind.

Maggie said...

I love these photos and your creative take on "woodland". I especially like the snow-covered woodpile, the shapes and patterns created by the contrast are beautiful! I imagine Germany has magnificent forests. The forests provide so much for us, practical as well as beautiful.

opinion8dhermit said...

I like the photo of the warm sun dappling the snowy wood

Rosie Grey said...

Wonderful photos - I love those wood piles!
Have a great Sunday!

Sally H said...

Fabulous photos, Carola! I can almost smell them! A great take on the theme

Molly said...

You have given me a far greater appreciation for the woodpile in our backyard - and I am now rather anxious to grab my camera and find the magic that is located within :)

Faye said...

Your photographs are beautiful art. For some reason, although our heat and cooking were done with wood, I don't remember neatly piled wood. I remember as a child being sent out to get an armload of wood, but it was from a huge mountain of cut wood. Not pretty like yours. I also remember being warned about snakes liking to hide in wood piles.

Tammie Lee said...

such lovely photos and memories. thank you for sharing them with us. piles of wood are common here in NW Montana as well. they are a big part of our lives.

Magic Love Crow said...

Very beautiful photos! Truly love them!

seabluelens said...

That snow-covered wood pile is so beautiful. It's nice to think of snuggling up to the fires it will fuel through a long winter.