Life in the Woods

words + photo by Catherine Ritchie

Life in the Woods

“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” 

– Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods


Some years, the peak of autumn has the surprising ability to slip by before we have a chance to revel in it. Before we can make time to intentionally seek out rust-colored foliage, or sit on a park bench and calmly breathe in the crisp, changing air. 

I took a walk today in an effort to appreciate the shifting season in my own neighborhood, swinging a camera over my shoulder in an attempt to more purposefully capture the joyful colors of October. 

Whether you're inland and or by the sea, take a moment to breath in deeply the heady “tonic of wildness.” 

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