A beautiful thing happened yesterday. I went for a walk in the woods for peace and reflection. We haven't had many sunny days so I grabbed the opportunity. I noticed after awhile that in the quiet of the mid afternoon, there were no animals or birds visible. Not a single squirrel crossed my path. I wondered where everybody was. I walked on enjoying the smell of the leaves in the crisp air, occasional sunshine beaming through the trees to warm me.
I decided to turn around and walk back after taking a few photos for reference material for artwork, returning along the same path I had walked upon. I had not been that way before and wanted to make sure I got back. I stopped to touch some of the trees to feel their energy and sniffed a young pine tree's branch. The scent was revitalizing. I turned onto the main path back and walked a short distance and saw a flit of color in the trees along the path and then another and another. I felt truly blessed. The forest had heard my thoughts and answered me. I stopped in the trail to admire them, thinking, "There you are." They, in turn, came over to look at me and say, "Hello." There were perhaps 6-7 of them, robins and finches. They were quite sweet. I smiled and walked the rest of the way back with a crow escorting me to the exit. I love nature. I am at home when I am with it.