The last time I was in Vermont, it was summer – July to be exact. Everything was green in the green mountains, and I was in need of some physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. I had read about the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, or Forest Bathing. I immediately loved the image that came to mind – walking down woodland paths or up steep mountain paths and soaking in all that nature has to offer. My summer Forest Bathing post can be viewed here.
As is our tradition, my husband and I travel up to Vermont in October to witness the leaves changing color in all variations of radiant yellow, orange, russet, red, crimson, and purple. This year was a spectacular display. Whenever we went there was vibrant color – a real-life watercolor – colors blended into each other and the sky was a clear, cloudless blue. I could not wait to get into the woods, to surround myself with color, with the natural signs of the changing seasons. As I walked, I took photos and wrote poetry in my head. This is what my Autumn plunge created.
4 thoughts on “Forest Bathing: Autumn Plunge”
Beautiful poem! I was just up in VT a few days ago speaking to the children’s lit class at my alma mater and you’re right, the colors are even more brilliant than they are here in NH!
Ahh. Just reading your post, poem and looking at phots had a calming effect. I am happy you had this time to enjoy the fall forest time.
Hi Terje! Thank you! I loved your photo of the bright orange mushroom – just beautiful! https://justforamonth.blogspot.com/2022/10/a-writing-task-with-photo.html