Seeking Solitude in Nature

“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

There was a break in the weather.  A crack in winter’s grasp, spring has begun to gain a foothold, It was time to get out into nature for an afternoon.

Last Sunday afternoon I took a few hours for myself.   I took a 40-minute drive to Stone Mountain State Park to seek some healing solitude in nature.  My intentions where modest, simply to take a short walk to Wolf Rock & Cedar Rock and then back to the parking lot.  I chose this route hoping to avoid crowded overlooks within the park.  For the most part, I was successful.  I only met a handfull of other nature seekers on the trail.

Along the trail, I was also keeping my eyes open for photo opportunities.  The only camera I carried was my iPhone.  The idea was to travel light and have a device that I could slip out of my pocket easily to capture a quick snap while walking the trail.


The first composition that caught my eye were these fallen trees.  I liked the mix of old and new,  a life cycle within the forest.  The two mature trees that were more than likely blown over now serve to enrich the forest soil for the younger saplings and vegetation that will take hold.

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Not much farther up the trail, I noticed lichen growing on this tree along with this stringy vegetation.  I’m not sure if it is a species of moss or something else all together.

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I paused to take this photo of the trail bed, with it’s winter covering of leaves.

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Now, nearing Wolf Rock, I noticed the moss growing on a low hanging tree branch as I ducked to pass below it.

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My primary destination, Wolf Rock.  Before walking out onto the rock, I paused to shoot this puddle with it’s reflecting light.  Wolf Rock is a large gently sloping rock outcropping that can easily be walked over most of it’s surface.  I was hoping to have it all for myself, but, I initially had to share it with one other gentleman.  so, I’m not complaining.  I found a nice spot and sat for a while.  I listened to the wind blow through the trees and mountains, I watched the clouds pass by overhead, I observed a few soaring birgs, and I sat, still & quiet, just soaking it in, letting the experience of nature wash over me.  I would have stayed longer if I could have.

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Thanks for reading my words and viewing my photos,  I hope you have a great day. – Mike

 

 

About the Author Michael Lovette

I'm an artist living in the foothills of NC (USA). I'm an average joe, married nearly 30 years to my high school sweetheart with 2 wonderful children and a four-legged old lady named Katie.

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