A Bench in the Woods

posted by Sharon July 14, 2013 19 Comments

Homeward bound,                                                                                                                  I wish I was homeward bound . . .                                                                                              Simon and Garfunkel

I love mountain paths. You may not see around the bend, but you just want to know what’s there. Exploring new places, walking beneath the canopy of tall trees, out in the crisp air, I’m happy. Even if I don’t know where I’m headed.

You can get tired hiking along, especially if you’re going up a steep road. Just when you’re losing your gumption, you find that someone went before and built a bench for resting.

And then, a ways further on, you discover these wooden stairs to boost you up the hill.

We may be homeward bound, but the path there may be full of loneliness and struggle. Another of Simon and Garfunkel’s songs has the line, “I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why.” In those times, look for the helpers around you. Someone has built a bench where you can rest, at least for a while.

Linking up with a song-inspired party, Song-ography. What a great idea!

What do you think about when you spy a mountain path?

How about you? What’s going on in your world this July?

Photos are edited with Nancy’s texture 0332.

 

 

 

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19 Comments

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Gemma Wiseman July 14, 2013 at 6:32 am

So love getting right in among trees like this! Great trekking exercise and good for the soul!

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin July 14, 2013 at 11:26 am

Great choices! Looks like a gorgeous trail, Sharon!

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Karen July 14, 2013 at 11:29 am

Visiting from Kathy’s Blog! I love your interpretation of Homeward Bound. What a great path to hike! I could really get lost in my thoughts in those thick woods. I love all of the textures the leaves create.

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Kathy July 14, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Okay, not sure which I like more…your photos OR thoughts! Both are fantastic. Love the creativity of where you took the “Homeward Bound” interpretation.thanks for linking up to Song-ography, hope to see you next week :). And…ya got a new follower.

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kim July 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Perfect Sharon! Love how you interpreted this!

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Jackie July 14, 2013 at 1:36 pm

PERFECT! I am always amazed how we interpret these challenges!

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Nicki July 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Lovely journey and delightful finds along the way. Homeward bound can be a lonely journey, but rest-assured, others have traveled it before. Great interpretation.

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Susan July 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Wow, that’s a perfectly timed bench. I haven’t seen any of those in my travels…just longer path ahead. I’m hiking in the wrong spots. Looks like a lovely spot to take a peaceful mind cleansing walk.

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Adrienne Scanlon July 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Looks like a gorgeous path – great shots. I love that sense of wandering … partly because it connects me to others who’ve wandered there to. The song carries that sense of wander, sharing what’s out there with others before turning back to the familiar that is home.

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Ida P. Krause July 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm

What a great take on the song and some wonderful thoughts. Your photo’s of this trail are beautiful. I really loved the 1st one where you could see the path heading through the trees. Also liked the close-up of the wooden stairs.

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mamagdog July 14, 2013 at 5:20 pm

We have a path with a bench in the woods that we like to walk too – a nice little respite surrounded by the beauty of our world!

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meanderingsteph July 14, 2013 at 8:18 pm

You had me at empty bench…one of my favorite things ever!!! Linking up from Song-ography. Glad to have found you.

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Molly July 14, 2013 at 9:31 pm

This place looks so peaceful, the ideal place for some quiet time!

Mollyxxx

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christineenyartelfers July 15, 2013 at 12:49 am

the bench looks a little like an old surfboard… fancy finding along the path in your little mountain retreat.

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Nancy July 15, 2013 at 3:58 am

This is my first time visiting your blog and I can certainly identify with you on those long walks in the woods. You never know what you are going to find around the corner which makes them even more interesting…

You have a lovely blog and I will return later to read more….

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augcott July 16, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Your images are simply wonderful!

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Pride in Photos Photography July 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I absolutely adore a wooden path…what an adventure it is going to be…is my thinking?

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Teresa July 18, 2013 at 11:08 pm

I agree this is a wonderful meme idea. I love the path you’ve taken us on.

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kadee July 19, 2013 at 12:47 am

Sharon, that’s a beautiful and well said sentiment! Oh, how I ache to find a mountain path and just let my legs carry me on down the road. I miss being around trees and nature. That is why living in Chicago I search for places where there is a least a hint of being out in the country. Actually, I’m amazed at how much land has been set aside for wooded parks. At least there’s that!

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