Welcome! This is a place to share how we celebrate & deepen our relationship to Nature. Here you will find stories, images, & ideas about wilderness, human nature, & soulfulness. Drawing from the experiences of everyday living, the topics on this blog include: forays into the natural world, the writing life, community service, meditation, creativity, grief & loss, inspiration, & whatever else emerges from these. I invite you on this exploration of the wild within & outside of us: the inner/outer landscape.

Friday, August 27, 2021


Though there are infinite possibilities, here is a quick list I just made. It’s called:


Ways to Be in, Move Through, a Forest


Hugging trees and creatures along the way

Burying those who’ve passed away



Stroking ferns, flowers, bark along the way


Focused on seeking out a particular species

Staying a while and just listening, watching, attending


Making works of art, beauty, creativity

Snapping photos


Skipping along trails


Quickly careening around curves so the body feels the arcing motion

Furtively – alert for the shy ones

With a focus on the ground

With a focus on the sky

With a focus on limbs of trees

With a focus at eye level


Whispering greetings to everyone (nonhuman) encountered

(Quietly passing other people)

(Cheerfully greeting other people)

Stooping to look more closely

Graciously and gratefully gathering an object that calls – stone, seed, cone, hush, leaf …

With a soft gaze

With a tune carried in the heart

v.e.r.y. s.l.o.w.l.y.




I have done everything on this list, some as recently as today. 


What matters most is that we choose a respectful posture, a ripe heart, and an open attentiveness as our guides …


All blog images created & photographed by Jennifer J. Wilhoit unless otherwise noted. Please circulate images with photo credit: "©2021 Jennifer J. Wilhoit/TEALarbor stories. All Rights Reserved."