” If the Maple is an “it” we can take up the chain saw. If a maple is a “her” we think twice.” Robin Wall Kimmerer
What if everything that was not man-made was alive. The trees, the rocks the soil the rivers.
I’ve always had a feeling for this idea, but never a name for it. Or the proper understanding of it. For me it was more anthropomorphizing, but maybe that was because I didn’t have the language to describe what I was sensing any other way.
Now I understand it’s really animacy. The belief that woods and rocks and soil and rivers and all of nature is alive and intelligent, not as we are, but in their own way.
Today as I walked in the woods and greeted the trees I know so well I saw them in this new way. As nations all their own, but connected to me as well. And I thought of how the soil under my feet know my tread well by now, as I walk the same paths again and again.
I made an effort to get to know some new trees. As I walked I was conscious of all the life around me getting to know me just as I was becoming aware of them. And I didn’t see just with my eyes, but felt the woods around me with all of my senses and being.
When I got home I stitched this piece. As I was making it the words “my walk in the woods” were actually circling through my mind. I knew they were a part of the piece not just the title.
My Walk in the Woods is Sold
for sale. It’s a small piece the image is about 10″x 11″ and the entire piece including the border is about 18″x19″. It’s $60 + $10 shipping. If it speaks to you and you’d like to have it, just email me at [email protected].
Here’s some of the trees I spoke to today…