Waldeinsamkeit is a German word meaning: The feeling of being alone in the woods, an easy solitude and a connectedness to nature.
I didn’t expect to be back in the wood behind the farm till the fall when the ticks and tall grasses both died back. But yesterday it called to me and I couldn’t resist.
Everything was so different from the last time I was there. I was bathed in green and the sound of rushing water from the little waterfall and steam. And as I walked, I was overcome with the feeling of being embraced by a soft and welcoming presence.
It was as if the woods hadn’t expected to see me so soon either and was glad I was back.
I wandered around, visiting the Shagbark Hickory and the big old Maple, that was probably left to grow to give shade to the animals who used to graze within the stone walls.
Then I saw the cluster of mushrooms.
One had a perfectly round hole in it as if a tiny creature was living inside of it. When I got back home I opened an email from Sharon with a link to an article about Morels. The same mushrooms I had seen on the path and taken a picture of.
I can still bring up what it felt like walking in the woods yesterday. But I know in a couple of days, maybe even by tomorrow, it will be gone.
So I’ll just have to go back, I have some natural tick repellent coming in the mail. If it actually works, I’ll get to be in the woods behind the farm all summer, something I haven’t done before.
I can’t wait to see what I’ll find there.