Friday, October 28, 2011

Evening in Lahaina

Evening in Lahaina by kimbar
Evening in Lahaina, a photo by kimbar on Flickr.
A special moment on Maui. I do like Kimbar's Hawaii photos very much.

Goodlife to you all and pleasant travels.

Used with permission from B. Kim Barnes

Monday, October 24, 2011

A Beautiful Sight in the Forest

Did I ever tell you about the time I saw a beautiful sight in the forest? It was many years ago when I was exploring some of the hills and woods of the high country in Arizona.

I found this spot - it was so beautiful. There was a place to pull the car in as the road was used on occasion, though rarely, and every once in a while the gate was open and you could traverse the area.

I got out of my car and breathed in the fresh air and the fragrance of the forest. A few pickup trucks rolled by slowly and people waved a friendly greeting. Of course I waved back. There was a good feeling in the air - a sense of cheerfulness.

And then I found myself alone. It was later in the day but there was still plenty of light. Unexpectedly the forest suddenly became quiet. I was surprised because there were birds and other animals that had been making noises and rustling around in the leaves and pine needles as they often are but then - it got quiet.

There wasn't a sense of foreboding with the quiet though. It was rather a sense of expectation. I remember moving slowly as one might move when you're not sure what's going to happen.

And then I saw something - a flash of motion out of the corner of my eye. I very slowly turned to the left and I saw this incredible sight. 

It was… I have to say a spirit. She was green - and so very happy. She was as tall as the trees. She must have been 150 feet tall at the least and she was twirling around in her joy. She had long hair. Her dress was long and flowing with her. She was so happy she radiated happiness. Such a beautiful sight. I could see her for a few seconds and then I didn't see her any more.

There was quiet after I saw her twirling in her happiness and then slowly the sounds of the forest returned with the birds twittering and the sounds of their wings when they were flying and the little sounds in the forest. Off in the distance I saw a deer that I hadn't seen before and the deer nodded at me the way they do in that friendly sense when they feel safe and I nodded back at the deer for our shared experience of seeing the Spirit Of Life.