Saturday, July 14, 2012

A peaceful spot in the forest

Last weekend while at the music festival we took a break each afternoon at our friends' lovely house in the forest. They live on property that backs onto a marshland that is also a bird sanctuary and what a peaceful place it is.  They're surrounded by bird song and trees and the scent of resin and water.

 These foxgloves grow at the edge of the garden with the tall fir and hemlock trees behind.

Here's the marsh, easily seen just by walking down a little path through the woods.  This wetland is also home to a family of beavers and many migrating waterfowl.

One afternoon I rested on the upper deck and had a few visitors.  Not sure what these sweet birds are.  Perhaps someone knows.

This is the mother red squirrel who is bringing up her family here.  They're very tame.

And here is another visitor who would love to actually enter the vegetable gardren.  Here the adult deer is looking to eat any leaves that poke through the fence.

I don't have a photo of the house but this is the woodshed that Paul just finished.  Those are pieces of whale bones sitting on the stump. And to the right, you can see other forest dwellers use the trees too.  These holes are made by resident woodpeckers.

These last two photos of absolute dreamy stillness were taken on our walk to the marsh the last morning we were there.  It was hard to leave such peace.

 I hope you have a peaceful day.


  1. Oh my, that is just a little piece (peace) of heaven! I think the birds are Western Tanagers. Cathy.

    1. Hi Cathy,
      Thanks for the bird ID. I don't know that much about birds but I'm thinking I must have absorbed some information because when I saw them the word "tanager" came into my head. The only one I'd heard of was the Scarlet Tanager.


  2. Very lovely.
    Love the photo of the very fat little squirrel... I know they are pests but I just can't help thinking what a sweet little face.

    cheers, parsnip

  3. Mmm. That was lovely. The birds look very happy and well-fed. But the best was the still water with grasses silhouetted in front. That is a place to rest.

  4. I can see how this would be hard to leave.. it's paradise... wonderful photographs!


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