The Sounds of Nature

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" In a quiet, pleasant meadow, beneath a summer sky, where green old trees their branches waved, and winds went singing by, where a little brook went rippling so musically low and passing clouds cast shadows on the waving grass below."
Louisa May Alcott Flower Fables

100_3394Is it any wonder why so many great writers who lived in New England wrote about nature? I found another beautiful place to walk the other day. Did you know that Louisa May Alcott used to babysit Emerson's children and take them for walks in the forest and tell them fairy stories? Her book Flower Fables is filled with her fairy stories and lovely words describing nature.

100_3428Exercise this time of year is effortless when you have the likes of these nature trails nearby. I love to be silent in the middle of nature. To listen to the birds and the melody of the babbling brook. The sound of a stick breaking as you walk along the path, the crunch of the ground and the sound of a nearby animal scurrying through nature's discarded leaves.

A Walk in the Woods

100_3340When I first discovered this place, it was a rainy and dismal day. I just knew that the first sunny day that I was free I would hike these trails with my camera. I was not disappointed and amazed at the different foliage I found there. I always admire my friend Suze's photographs of nature. I had never even noticed these before I saw them on her photographs, I thought they were only in the UK. You can imagine my surprise when I saw them yesterday.

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100_3393Not only were their beautiful trails, but the benches were gorgeous. I love benches, but these looked like they would be featured in some fine furniture store.

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100_3338There was quite a variety of foliage because there were different kinds of trails to take. I preferred the one alongside the brook, with little bridges everywhere and wonderful sights.

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Bumble Bee HouseThere were these little Bumble Bee Houses everywhere.

A Walk In The Woods

As I got further and further into the woods and witnessed the magic all around me, I knew why so many writers spin stories of fairies and nature's creatures.faeries

100_3419Looking up at the blue sky the trees were enormous. Well not Muir Woods enormous, or Canadian enormous, but New England enormous.


100_3342There were many people walking on different trails, but many times I was completely alone feeling the peace of the place.



100_3439At the end of the walk I took a browse in their nursery. They had quite a selection of pots and planters.

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The sounds on this post are the Sounds of Nature. I hope you enjoyed your walk with me, and that you have a glorious day. Sometimes a walk in nature rekindles conversations with God. With the lyrics only sung by birds and the melody played by sounds of a nearby brook our spirits are serenaded by Creation's gentle lullaby. Then when the distractions of life have vanished and we are completely still, God whispers His wisdom into our soul and let's us know...we are never alone.

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Hummingbird Chats said...

Beautiful pictures!! I have always loved New England. I spend several summers with my Grandmother in Mass. so all your beautiful pictures bring back some happy times. Katie

Susan said...

This is so beautiful. I would love to travel to New England. That was my mother's dream to go to New England during the fall. It's gorgeous anytime.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Karen, I have thoroughly enjoyed our stroll around the woods! What a joy to find the baby ferns! :D I love them - they remind me of New Zealand... the Koru, they call those uncurling fronds. So beautiful and filled with promise.
The sights and sounds in Spring and early summer are truly magical, aren't they? Thank you so much for sharing these precious moments with us.
Much Love & Many Blessings,
Suze xXx

Beverly said...

I'm so glad I came here first when I got home from work. I could feel myself relax. I love this song.

Karen, do you have any idea why if I choose open ID TypePad when leaving you a comment, my url will not accept? It isn't just on your blog, but any blogger that doesn't have ID/URL set up in their account settings. This means I have to use a google account, but I don't have a blog attached to a google account. Anyway, just something I have been wondering.

KarenHarveyCox said...

Beverly, I don't know the answer, blogger still confuses me at times. But on the comment section if you mark open ID a pop up window appears and then typepad appears, I assume that is the way you sign on with the link. So instead of just putting in your address, make sure that typepad is highlighted and see if this works. Karen

Donna said...

What a beautiful nature walk, Karen. Your photos are fabulous! I love walking with Otis and Riley early in the morning, it's so uplifting.
Have a great day!

Alison Gibbs said...

Karen, what a wonderful place. Thanks for sharing it with us. Your photos are beautiful

Dolly said...

Oh Karen that was so beautiful!

When ever I am having a bad day or have alot on my mind I take a walk thru our woods and always feel better when I reach the end of the path!

Thank you for taking us along with you!

Hugz, Dolly

Bobbie said...

so beautiful! So peacceful!

toothfairy said...

Your walk in the woods was such a feast for my senses! Your blogs are what I hope to aspire to someday! What photos, music and thoughts....just inspiring each one! I have been to Muir Woods and it is magical, I agree. Jan@daylilylane

Sabii Wabii said...

Thank you for all the wonderful compliments. I'm going to forward the one to Dave. He went to Hong Kong before we met and took over a group of 30 students to China the first year it was opened to tourists... I think 82 maybe...
Your painting of it are wonderful. I love the unbrellas.

rochambeau said...

Dear Karen,
Thanks for taking me on your walk with you. You are a luck girl to have such a path.

I like you art work. Especially the painting of yourself and the one of the Chinese bride.
Have fun today!

LW said...


What a lovely post thank you for sharing your walk and time with nature with us..
I find that nature is the best cathedral of all,
my best inspiration, my best revelations have always come to
me in this church….

I also spent my morning coffee time looking at and reading your blog and websites..
I have enjoyed my time, love your artwork…


Natasha Burns said...

WOW I sure did enjoy my walk with you Karen, what incredibly beautiful surroundings you have. New England is one area I would love to explore in the US, from what I have seen and now today what you have shown, it looks so magical and beautiful!

Kathy at Shocking Pink Thread said...

Dear Karen, your post makes me actually want to put on my walking shoes and go outside! What a lovely tribute to the beauty that surrounds us here in New England! ~Kathy

celestina marie said...

Karen, the walk was incredible and your pictures captured your words so well. What a lovely place to just be!! What a gift to visit here in you lovely blog! Thank you for sharing bits of your world!
hugs, Celestina,
la rea rose

Fete et Fleur said...

Oh! What beauty to fill the eye and heal the heart!! I needed this post today. I feel so refreshed now. Thank you!


Kathleen Grace said...

Beautiful photos Karen! I love the woods and the wildflowers this time of year. Before the mosquitos make it impossible to take a walk:>)!

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Such stunning photography, Karen! Isn't everything God makes so photogenic!!! =)

You know, you really ought to join "Sky Watch Friday" (it starts Thursday over here, due to all the Aussie, etc. participants). All you need to do is post a sky photo, and then add your name to the list on the main blog (my friend Tom Wigley in the UK) -- the link is on my post of today. =)

Gracie said...

Those are beautiful pictures. They are so lovely and relaxing.

Thanks for visiting my blog as well. And thanks for letting me know what you do when your in a creative slump. I will have to try it! Thanks

Mary Isabella said...

I am so relaxed. I feel as though we took this walk together and had such a lovely long talk...Thanks my friend...Mary

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Karen, this was the most beautiful relaxing post ever! After a long busy day, it was just what I needed to unwind, before bed.

Your pictures are beautiful. And I had never heard of a bumble bee house before!


Hello Karen,

What a grea walk! Thank you!


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post, and thank you for sharing New England with us.


Mary said...

Oh Karen, how beautiful! I am so behind on so many blogs, I am just now getting to catch up. Thank you so much for taking us along on your walk. :)