Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Into The Woods

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Wandering … aimlessly

Venturing
into the
heart

of
your

evergreen
wood.

~

Reaching … trustingly

Taking
firm
hold

of
your

long
fibrous
branches

~

Sinking … intently

Grounding
myself;

 Entwined
in
the
labyrinth

of
your

deep
faithful
roots

~

Hiding … cautiously

Seeking
shelter

beneath
the dense
brush

of
your

vast
eternal
strength;

~

Until

at
last

~

you
whisper

my
name

~

and
breathe
me

full

~

of

pure
pine
essence;

~

Transforming
conscious
being

and

~

Flooding
my
soul

with

~

Light.

~

©Robyn Lee

67 responses

  1. Breathtaking.

    January 13, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    • Thank you so much Julie. So thrilled you felt this! xo

      January 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

  2. Very well said. Your words speak volumes. The Photo makes me want to be at my trailer.

    January 13, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    • William ~ very much appreciate that 🙂 Yes – it is almost like a craving sometimes… to be with nature this way ~ Love to you, Robyn

      January 13, 2013 at 12:13 PM

  3. Hi Robyn;
    Oh yes, I can relate to the smell of pine-and i am not talking about the scent that comes out of a spray can. Such a soothing image.Sending Love and Healing
    Jane

    January 13, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    • Oh Jane ~ I so love the scent of natural pine too ~ Did you know pine is very rich in its’ healing symbolism/energetic power ?

      This may be interesting:

      “Pine has an archetypal energy and message which relates to eliminating our feelings of guilt and balancing over-emotionalism. The pine spirit is kind and sensitive and loves contact with humans. It soothes emotions and always reminds us that we should make decisions best from as clear a perspective as possible. The pine heightens our psychic sensitivity, while balancing the emotions as well. It reminds us to experess our creative energies without feelings of guilt and without allowing others to overly influence or manipulate.”

      Trilled you were soothed by the image too dear one ~ xxoo Robyn

      January 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      • Wow, impressed by the info-thank you for sharing , my friend.

        January 14, 2013 at 3:23 PM

  4. Captivating Robyn, both words and image.

    Much love,
    mei

    January 13, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    • Thank you so much dearest mdi ~ so wonderful to know you enjoyed this!! ~ Much Love, Robyn

      January 13, 2013 at 12:20 PM

  5. so beautiful and peaceful, robyn. i thought i would come by and say hello and good night. hoping your day was good. this is a gorgeous photo. be at peace, beautiful lady.

    January 13, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    • Thank you kindly sweet friend. Yes – yesterday was a lovely day ~ despite the lack of sunshine I found my own light in it. So happy to know you enjoyed this photo ~ the woods never let me down ~ very healing and restorative to be alone there… Much Love and hope all is going your way today ~ Robyn

      January 13, 2013 at 12:22 PM

  6. A beautiful photo and positive poetry. Good to dance in the light of peace and happiness.

    January 13, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    • Very lovely to envision that dance John. Thank your for your kind words ~ and may your day be blessed with all that is light today ~ Robyn

      January 13, 2013 at 12:24 PM

  7. love it 🙂

    January 13, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    • Awww – thank you sweet friend ~ so glad you enjoyed this poojy!! Love and Light ~ Robyn

      January 13, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      • Love and Light ~

        January 13, 2013 at 12:42 PM

  8. Exquisitely beautiful

    January 13, 2013 at 6:06 AM

    • Oh Millie ~ very touched to know you felt this one. Sending you so much love and light ~ Robyn

      January 13, 2013 at 12:25 PM

  9. Thanks Robyn, that sunshine in that walk in the woods is definitely what’s needed this time of years….:_)

    January 13, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    • Thank YOU Meryl ~ and you are so very welcome. I agree — all this hype about exposure to “light” in the winter … it’s for real. Just finding these ‘bursts’ when out in nature is so powerful. I just shared this with Jane — you may find interesting re: power of pine ~

      “Pine has an archetypal energy and message which relates to eliminating our feelings of guilt and balancing over-emotionalism. The pine spirit is kind and sensitive and loves contact with humans. It soothes emotions and always reminds us that we should make decisions best from as clear a perspective as possible. The pine heightens our psychic sensitivity, while balancing the emotions as well. It reminds us to experess our creative energies without feelings of guilt and without allowing others to overly influence or manipulate. ”

      Much Love and Light ~ R

      January 13, 2013 at 12:29 PM

  10. Beautiful sunburst Robyn. Once again your words pair nicely with the image to bring a ray of light on a gloomy day. Blessings to you dear! Robyn

    January 13, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    • Thank you so much Robyn ~ yes- had to meditate on this image last few days, as we have not seen any bursts (I shot this one during the week) … I am so happy to share it with you dearest friend ~ May we see a “burst” of brightness here in NY very soon too 🙂 ~ Love ~ Robyn

      January 13, 2013 at 12:32 PM

  11. Absolutely one of your best, Robyn. I love this. ~ Ever, Bobbie

    January 13, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    • Bobbie ~ I am so happy you like it so much!!! Warms my heart… truly ~ Thank you Love ~ Robyn

      January 13, 2013 at 5:53 PM

  12. So beautiful…peaceful…restorative…I feel the calm centerness of this piece!! I so love and admire the way you capture the beauty of nature not only with your camera but also your words. A perfect blend! Hugs&Love beloved friend ♥♥♥♥ !!!

    January 13, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    • Thanks so much Christina ~ I am trilled you got this sense … exactly spot-on with how I was feeling it… the quest for one’s center. It is so much easier to find it in the woods…and especially when the sun creates such beauty in the trees this way. So much appreciate your loving words about my writing and photography — always learning and growing. Huge Hugs — Tons of Love to you, Robyn

      January 13, 2013 at 11:48 PM

  13. WOW

    January 13, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    • So Happy you liked it boomie ~ Thank YOU!

      January 14, 2013 at 12:55 PM

  14. Only One word

    S U M P T U O U S ……..:) XXX
    okay
    a lotta words
    Mystical – Mesmerizing – pure surrender – peaceful – Beaming – = You xxxxxxxxxxxx
    love this 🙂 LOVE TO YOU XOXOXO
    smiles forever xo C xx

    January 13, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    • Oh Cat ~ you are a woman of such colorful heartfelt words always – and thank you for honoring my post with them today ~ xo
      Certainly you made my day ~ Love and more Love to you ~ Robyn

      January 14, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      • and To You lovely lovely lovely xoxoxoxoxoxoxo C

        January 14, 2013 at 1:36 PM

  15. Really Beautiful, Robyn 🙂 I love the woods. They are one of the most spiritually nourishing places for me. My heart soars in the woods. Your poem is lovely, I can smell the pine. Blessings friend, Erin

    January 13, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    • I so agree with you Erin ~ nourishing is a wonderful description for this terrain. I am so glad I have a convenient safe sanctuary near me that I can return to again and again. Thank you sweet friend for all your loving encouragement ~ x Robyn

      January 14, 2013 at 12:59 PM

  16. rimassolosailingaroundtheworldm

    Thank you so much,it was so peaceful and beautiful

    January 13, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    • That is so lovely to hear Rimas ~ Very happy you enjoyed, and thank you so much. Sending good wishes your way today 🙂 RL

      January 14, 2013 at 1:01 PM

  17. Oh wow… returning from the walk about I expected to find a few blogs to catch up on… this breath taking photo is outstanding… the sunlight looks like the eye of an angel peeping through the trees to see what your up to… those words go so well with the photo… you are truly blessed with a God given talent, it shows up every time in your photo and words…. I love it… love and hugs to you….

    January 14, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    • WELCOME HOME ~ Buldog! I love your vision of the sun angel keeping a good eye on me as I traverse the wooded forest alone (but of course…never alone). I did find this to be one of the most awesome bursts of sunlight ever ….. was not sure how it would photograph but I have to agree… almost something spiritually Divine here which is why I wanted to do it justice in poetry from the heart. You are too kind as far as my talent — really just a novice still … but so glad I can share creativity with you and everyone here … much joy for me in that. Love and Blessings as you settle back into your routine. I’m sure amazing photos are on the way after your “walk about” too 🙂 ~ x RL

      January 14, 2013 at 1:06 PM

  18. I have never seen sunlight captured through the trees quite like this Robyn…absolutely gorgeous. Your soothing words make me want to pack my bags and head back into the mountains…beautiful. 🙂

    January 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    • Oh thank you dearest LuAnn. I was just saying the same to Bulldog above… it was quite a beautiful and unusual sight to behold… I was taken aback and then of course very excited to try to capture this starburst of sun radiance (love that he called it the ‘eye of a sun angel’) through my camera lens. I am so glad it worked well here so I could share. Also happy it inspired you to crave another mountain hike too ~ something special about being one with nature this way for sure! So much Love ~ Robyn

      January 14, 2013 at 1:12 PM

  19. Gorgeous photo!

    January 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    • Thank you so much Lisa ~ oh – and meant to tell seems it will be the Lincoln Park Section of Chicago for my medical rehabilitation visit! ~ Hope you are staying warm ~ Love xo R

      January 14, 2013 at 12:53 PM

  20. ajaytao2010

    excellent pictures

    Robyn Lee I dropped here by chance but was lucky enough to visit your blog

    Thanks. I invite you to visit my blog Ajaytao2010@wordpress.com. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may definitely find something of your interest.

    January 15, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    • Thank you so much. Means a lot to me. I visited you earlier briefly, and will come back again…Can see you have faced your share of challenges and only wish you you all that is bright and loving. Blessings Always, Robyn

      January 15, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      • ajaytao2010

        thanks Robyn if possible read about me

        January 15, 2013 at 3:04 PM

  21. Beautiful photo and words…out there…where my heart lives….

    January 15, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    • Thanks so much Mr. Scott 🙂 I am thrilled you could relate ~ and that your heart resides in such a magnificent place…:) Warmest wishes to you ~ Miss Robyn Lee

      January 16, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      • You are most welcome…and warmest to you, too, Miss Robyn. 🙂

        January 16, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    • 🙂

      January 17, 2013 at 12:32 AM

  22. Renee Braunstein

    Robyn that poem is so beautiful. I don’t know how you took that photo with the sun sparkling like that. You have a great talent

    January 15, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    • Thank you Renee ~ It was one of those rare moments where the rays of light just reflect in such a way to create a “starburst” of sorts… I was lucky to witness it.
      So appreciate all your encouragement dearest one ~ xxoo Love, R

      January 16, 2013 at 1:53 PM

  23. You are in one with nature and her beauty of knowledge to the world.

    This is how I described your poem. Excellent and great job on this wonderful poem.

    You are a gifted soul with so much to offer the world. 🙂

    January 15, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    • Charlie, thanks so much for your kind words. I am so touched and happy you enjoyed this 🙂 Blessings and Love, Robyn

      January 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM

  24. Was visiting Bobbie’s blog, saw your site there and thought to visit. What a wonderful photo essay of nature to be followed by an equally intriguing poem. Very, very nice !
    Paul

    January 15, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    • Thanks so much dear Paul… just spent a while exploring your work. Thoroughly appreciated your beautiful blog writes and images ~ and your sharing of soul. Very glad to meet you and welcome. So glad you enjoyed your look through my lens too! ~ 🙂 Warm wishes, Robyn

      January 16, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      • Robyn,
        Did you know that there was a Broadway play titled “Into the Woods”? It was about what happened after “happily ever after”.
        Paul

        January 17, 2013 at 1:26 AM

      • Yes! Very familiar w Sondheim’s play. My daughter had a lead in the show ( Cinderella) In her first yr of high school. Intentionally used the title here, and was waiting for someone to ask about this. You were the first :)–RL

        January 17, 2013 at 2:15 AM

      • RL,
        I have found that not many people know this play (at least around here). Saw it with a friend more than 20yrs ago and it was done off-Broadway. Loved it!

        January 17, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    • I enjoyed it immensely too. Have never seen it on professional stage, but would love to if it ever is revived…. i love fairytales and enjoyed even the darker aspects this play unveiled. Excellent music too ~ Great memories – I am glad you noticed my little “pun” in the title 🙂 ~ x R

      January 17, 2013 at 12:43 PM

  25. Enjoying the photo again. In some ways, a simple scene, but it says so much, and fits any mood: hope, a longing, life.

    January 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    • Thank you so much William. It is true – there is nothing like the forest; classic beauty and endless possibilities! Much Love ~ RL

      January 17, 2013 at 10:51 PM

  26. Wow, what a beautiful poem Robyn, they just seem to keep getting better and better.x

    January 18, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    • Thank you so much dearest Chris ~ very glad you enjoyed this… and such a sweet compliment. Hugs and much love to you ~ RL

      January 20, 2013 at 10:40 PM

  27. I found this peaceful and uplifting. Thank you Robyn!

    January 20, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    • That is wonderful to know sweetest friend ~ so happy it touched you ~ so much love to you Resa ~ x R

      January 20, 2013 at 10:41 PM

  28. Julie Catherine

    Wow. I can feel myself standing in the cool healing green of the forest, preparing to step into the light, as in my meditations and dreams. I love this, dear Robyn! ~ Love and light to you, dear friend! Julie xoxox

    January 21, 2013 at 11:44 PM

  29. Wow…cutting deeply into the heart and soul, as precise as a master surgeon, and with the care only a mother can craft. Touching, moving, and an incredible pleasure to read and absorb into the soul. Masterful work as always Dearest Robyn, Bravo!
    HUGE hugs,
    Stan

    January 26, 2013 at 1:29 AM

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