We break through into the quietest part of the forest. The trees whisper to one another and the blue sky is hidden by green. It feels cool, damp, refreshing in the heat of the day. I breathe in deeply. Ah, the scent of Nature fills me like no other scent that has been created by man in factories. This scent is pure; this scent cannot be captured in a small bottle to be sold over the counter. My companions, too, are quiet: taking in the beauty that surrounds us; and the magnificence of Mother Nature in all her glory.
I move off on my own, drawn to a place where I can rest my legs and sit to take in the tranquillity that is so hard to find in the city. My back against the tree, I admire the vegetation that thrives in this dense area of living organisms. I listen to the chitter of insects; the accompaniment of the wind; the whispered murmurings of my companions. I gaze in wonder at this creation that man is slowly, inch by inch, destroying with axes and fire.
I hug my experience and my wonder close to me. I do not know when next I will be able to recharge my soul and spirit with the beauty of the foliage and the quiet tranquillity of the forest. In the meanwhile, I will inhale as much of the pure scent as I can.
Do you often experience the wonder of nature?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
(Join me in the Five Minute Friday Challenge hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker. Participants write for 5 minutes with no editing, no over thinking, and no backtracking. This week’s prompt is: Wonder)