Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Redwood and Marsh State of Mind

Some days just beckon with their beauty. "Come outside, come outside and walk in the quiet redwood forest. Stand among the giants. Be transported by awe." So off we went.

Roger stood in the hollow of one the trees to give you a perspective of size, also just to stand in something that once lived and towered over the forest floor and began its life before most of the last 2000 years of history unfolded.
There is something about these trees that almost defies perspective. We came upon one hollowed out tree that was so large that two homeless people had set up a rather comfy camp within. Not this tree, but one very much like it.
A walk in the woods is always good to be reminded of the simple power of time. I posted this photo on Facebook and wrote that it reminded me of CSNY's song Find The Cost of Freedom. These lines in particular: Mother Earth will swallow you; lay your body down.
After the redwood forest walk, we headed over to the Arcata marsh to see the open skies and be delighted by the ponds. We were so happy to find pelicans and migrating Marbled Godwits.
The godwits were beautifully camouflaged among the rocks, waiting for the tide to go back out so they could find more delicious things to eat.


After these sights we headed home so happy that the day had beckoned us and we had followed.

22 comments:

  1. Just seeing your photos today makes me happy, too. Love the photo of Roger with the redwood tree, the light in the redwood forest, the pelican, and the godwits down at the marsh. So glad you made the move to Humboldt County!

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  2. Seeing redwoods is on my bucket list. It is hard to imagine such hugeness and age.
    You really have access to some wonderful sights.

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  3. The redwoods...stunning! When I look around me, the things that shock me are the things which give scale to my place in the world. The redwoods do that. Beautiful shots!

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  4. What a perfect day! I cannot imagine what it would be like to walk among giants like that, most walkable virgin forest having been cut long, long before I was born. I am glad someone got a clue and saved at least some of the redwoods.
    Is the marsh next to the ocean? I guess I never thought about pelicans being anywhere other than at the ocean, so I'm curious to know more about the marsh.

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  5. One of my regrets is that while I was in California I never took the time to stand where Roger is in that photo...we truly are merely flecks of stardust!

    Thank you for letting me tag along!

    alan

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  6. am-- We are so happy to be here. Between the ocean and the redwood forest is a sanctuary for us.

    Arkansas Patti-- I hope you make it out to California to see these trees. They are truly awe inspiring.

    John-- Yes, redwood forests really do put things into perspective. It's not even just their size, but their age is mind-blowing as well. Their presence is truly awesome.

    CCorax-- The marsh is right next to Humboldt Bay and just a short distance from the ocean (maybe one or two miles). When we enter the marsh area, we pass a sign that says: Warning-- you are in a tsunami zone. It's wild! There is one redwood park that has thousands upon thousands of acres of virgin redwood. Haven't been there yet, but definitely plan to.

    alan-- There is something about being inside one of those trees that is magical. Many, many years ago my boyfriend and I camped in one. It was wonderful. Glad you liked the trip!

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  7. Sweet! The redwoods around Green Lake in Seattle aren't quite that big...

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  8. Lovely. I love the harmony on Cost of Freedom. Such a haunting melody.

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  9. I saw the redwoods many years ago when I lived at Lake Tahoe. I would love to go back again.

    Did you see this at slate.com? It's a pretty cool photo. http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/07/27/earth_from_space_guadalupe_island_and_a_glory.html

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  10. isabelita-- I didn't know there were redwoods in Seattle. Very cool!

    NCMountainwoman- Yes, that harmony is hauntingly beautiful. I love knowing that you love it as well.

    Mark P-- The coast redwoods are the tallest, but the sequoia redwoods of the sierra mountains are the widest. Truly spectacular. I didn't see that photo at Slate. Very cool glory. Thank you for the link.

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  11. Robin Andrea: Did the "homeless" people who had taken up residence in the hollow tree have hairy feet?

    Kali's mom died in June and Kali's brother brought some of mom's cremains with him on a visit last week. We took the cremains out into my preserve and added them to the soil at the base of an oak tree where we had previously spread some of Kali's dad's cremains. So, both parents will be incorporated into the natural world together.

    On the way back to the house after the ceremony, I told Kali and her brother that I would really like a "natural burial" (buried in the woods without a coffin), but that I would like to be buried (and subsumed) in a place that meant something to me, not a "natural burial ground" in Georgia or somewhere else where I have no connection. Oh, well; I guess (if I'm not consumed in an atomic fireball or some other sort of disaster) I'll have to settle for cremation.

    This comment is not meant to be morbid--the image of the tree engulfing a fallen companion is what got me thinking.

    Sounds and looks like you had a wonderful day. Reading "The New Dharma Bums" always makes me happy.

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  12. Scott-- You made us laugh out loud. Hairy feet! Hah!

    So sorry to hear about Kali's mom. I like that her ashes are mingled with Kali's dad at the base of the old oak. It's such a kind thing to do. I don't think your comment is morbid at all. We should all be talking about end of life stuff. It's good to know what you want and figure out how to make it happen while you're still here. I always just assume I'll be cremated and scattered in the ocean somewhere, probably Monterey Bay where my dad is, and where our kitty cat Bonsai's ashes are as well.

    Glad the post made you happy, Scott!

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  13. So gorgeous! Sounds like Arcata is the right place. xoxo

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  14. kathy a-- It is beautiful here. We think of it as a cross between Port Townsend and Santa Cruz. Small coastal town and a university town. It's the best of both worlds.

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  15. catching up a bit on my reading now that I am settling back in - love this post. reminds me of my own visit to the redwood forest and how it all felt a bit surreal to me. I was overcome with the size and the age and the beauty of all that surrounded me. you guys are in a perfect place, indeed. I am eager to watch as life unfolds there for you in a permanent setting. happy birthday to roger today!

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  16. Thank you for this wonderful post - gives one peace of mind ....

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  17. sky-- We are on the road at the moment, far from the redwoods and the ocean. Visiting my mom in southern california. Glad to be here with her and looking forward to returning to the serene beauty of the north coast.

    Friedl-- Thank you for your kind words.

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  18. Just came across a flicker with some great cloud formations.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/flickr/galleries/72157645820044028/

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  19. I, too, am just catching up. Love the photos. Yes, it is difficult to fathom a tree that is more than 2,000 years old. They are stately giants; witnesses to history (if we could only hear them!).

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  20. NCmountainwoman-- Those are GREAT photos. Thank you for the link.

    Tara-- Walking in the redwoods is like being in a state of awe. Truly magnificent.

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  21. I LOVE being in the redwoods. They are part of something special. Something bigger than us. It saddens me deeply to know that almost all of old growth giants were cut down for lumber. Nice photos!

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  22. Pat-- We are so happy to be back on the north coast surrounded by redwoods. There is nothing quite like the beauty and quiet of a redwood forest.

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