#listentotheforest

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“Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes behind you are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here. And you must treat it as a powerful stranger. Must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. Listen.” (Excerpt from David Whyte poem “Lost”) #mountainsmoveme #fallcolors #goldenlarches #listentotheforest #cutthroatpass
A professional forager I ran into while carrying my big bucket of chanterelles last week asked me if I had harvested Angel Wings... he said he had been eating them since he was a kid. I had read a few sources that questioned their suitability so had not tried them. Picked a couple today... and there is that lively Admirable Bolete again. #getoutside #listentothefungi #listentothetrees #listentotheforest #vancouverislandlife #fungi #mushrooms #mycology #bcwild #foraged #gratitudeforlocalfood
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How many more days like this can there be? No rain... temperature in mid teens in mid October? 😍 The forest was generous to me again today. #getoutside #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #listentothefungi #vancouverislandlife #gratitudeforlocalfood #foraged #bcwild #chanterelles
'Off-Track' What Path is the clear Path? The roads that Others Made? Or the Whispering from the Forest Saying, 'Define your own Path'. #pathways #artoninsta #shadesofblackandwhite #listentotheforest #solitarywitch
🎶 Wasting away again in Amanitaville, Asking forest to show chanterelles.... (To the tune Margaritaville) #getoutside #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #listentothefungi #vancouverislandlife #fungi #mushrooms #mycology #amanitamuscaria
Yesterday I found a few chanterelles. Today (pic 2) I think I was the first person to hunt the area I found this pile in. My only competition were the slugs I arm wrestled. I found so many in one spot that I sat down to pick them. My Taylor thought something was wrong and came over, tail wagging to sit in front of me licking my face... in the process crushing and whipping about some of these golden beauties. I was so elated! Giggling... thanking the forest... every time I was ready to move on, I spotted another cluster. I filled a 10 liter bucket in about 45 minutes.... after searching for two hours... then happily carried the bucket an hour long walk back to the highway... beautiful sunshine filtering through the canopy onto the mossy ground. An amazing afternoon. 🙏 #getoutside #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #listentothefungi #chanterelles #foraged #bcwild #gratitudeeveryday #bordercolliesofinstagram #vancouverislandlife #fungi #mushrooms #mycology
The forest was once again generous with me. It was a fabulous sunny time on beautiful but very steep terrain. As I was starting back down I asked Taylor to show me the safest way to get back down to the road... and he did. #vancouverislandlife #getoutside #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #listentothefungi #listentothesea #foraged #wildmushrooms #fungi #mycology #gratitudeeveryday
When we move to the level of experience, we see that this self, which is primarily a “radio receiver,” is not to be taken too seriously, for it is always changing stations and is filled with static and interference. Alongside all our knowing must be the equal and remaining “knowing that I do not know.” Such nakedness is a falling into the unified field underneath reality, what Thomas Merton called “a hidden wholeness,” where we know in a different way and from a different source. This is the contemplative’s unique access point: knowing by union with a thing, where we can enjoy an intuitive grasp of wholeness, a truth beyond words, beyond any need or capacity to prove anything right or wrong. This is the contemplative mind which religion should have directly taught, but which it largely lost. We lost the unique access point of the mystics, the poets, artists, and saints (who usually did not even know they were using this alternative consciousness). --Richard Rohr #lived #knowing #faith #grace #naturechurch #divineinnature #godinnature #richardrohr #creativity #intuitive #wholeness #truth #unifiedfield #experience #feminine #ecofeminism #deepecology #deeplistening #soul #innerwork #listentotheforest #forestchurchyyc
Filled my pockets with Rosehips who have their feet in high tide salt water. I am drying them for tea making. #getoutside #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #listentothemountains #listentothesea #rosehips #foraged #gratitudeforwildfood #vancouverislandlife
This slug battered giant was a flag for the nice fresh clean ones I brought home. #porccini #fungi #mushrooms #mycology #listentothefungi #listentothetrees #listentotheforest #getoutside #vancouverislandlife #gratitudeeveryday
From here to there... I think my favorite fall dish is wild rice with sautéed chanterelles... here with grilled zucchini and sockeye. #vancouverislandlife #chanterelles #foraged #vancouverislandlife #getoutside #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #listentothemountains #listentothesea #gratitudeforlocalfood
Rain... the sound of creeks on both sides... waves lapping down the slope... small chanterelle held in my mouth fills my head with the wonderful scent of these gold nuggets. I have been hunting them for over 45 years and I still get giddy when I find them. #vancouverislandlife #chanterelles #getoutside #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #listentothefungi #listentothesea #gratitudeeveryday
I needed forest time... October is here... already! There were so many fungi out there. #fungi #mushrooms #mycology #getoutside #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #listentothemountains #listentothesea #vancouverislandlife
Lovely wild apple from a tree whose roots are in salt water at high tide... #wildapple #seasidefruit #vancouverislandlife #getoutside #listentothetrees #listentotheforest #listentothesea #gratitudeforlocalfood
Beautiful summer like day in the forest. 💓🐇🐦🐝🌲🌱🌰🍁 #wolfeisland #lovecanada #listentotheforest #sunshine
I came around a corner and started up this grand bull elk and his herd of five girls... by the time I stopped & got my phone ready, they were gone with him in pursuit. #elk #autumndays #getoutside #listentotheforest #listentothefauna #listentothewild #vancouverislandlife #gratitudeeveryday
One of my favorite places in the #pnw The transition of the seasons is upon us. We are primed for making deeper more lasting changes. ‘‘Tis the season to #letgo and #turninward I’m looking forward to the #autumnretreat @breitenbush in the forest, near the mountains and close to the river. Where the noise of the world subsides. I’ll be teaching the #hathayoga practice as part of the Contours of Inner Listening workshop with @neareastyoga. There is still space open to participate. Registration: breitenbush.com #yogaretreat #breitenbushhotsprings #autumn #innerlistening #listentotheforest #selfcultivation #hathayoga #portlandyoga #portlandyogascene
I was sitting down after cleaning some mushrooms, posting on insta, and looked up out my window to see this.... #pnwonderland #pnwsunset #vancouverislandlife #getoutside #listentothesea #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #gratitudeeveryday
First official autumn sunset... hope your Equinox was exquisite #getoutside #listentothetrees #listentothemountains #listentothesea #listentotheforest #vancouverislandlife
When the rain brings the forest floor back to vibrancy... the moss gets so green... and the Douglas Fir cones sprout these fingertip fungi... Happy Equinox! #getoutside #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #listentothefungi #listentothesea #vancouverislandlife #mycology #fungi #gratutudeeveryday
Instead of doing thr usual Castle Craig hike I just keep following the trails (which I realized I never did before). . I found a gazebo, and a "secret beach 🏖". . It was about 3.5 mi total, almost 4 mi when I walked back across the park to My car. . Check out @color_me_rover for more pictures of this advature . #hiking #hikingadventures #adventures #tookadifferenttrail #changeisgood #listentotheforest #hubbardpark #secretbeach #healthy #getmoving #walking #naturewalk #healthynature #fitnessmotivation #fitness #cardio #healthandnature #naturalcure #meditation #metime
The beauty popped up in the last 48 hours... and the moss is bright green again! #getoutside #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #listentothefungi #listentothesea #vancouverislandlife #fungi #mushrooms #mycology
Into the forest to replenish from the traffic stress.... #getoutside #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #listentothesea #vancouverbc #lighthousepark
Michael Meade often notes that when things are unraveling, it is soul that is missing. He refers to soul in the unique, individual sense and in the deep, essential, universal meaning. The two are threaded together with invisible, tenacious, and eternal filaments. Meade says, "If we want the world to change, [if we want] the healing of culture and greater balance in nature, it has to start inside the human soul. Listen To The Forest; Tonight at 7pm. A sharing of Natures Medicine #medicinewalk #heartsinnature #hearts #randomhearts #natureconnection #naturematters #forestchurchyyc #listentotheforest #soul #naturessoul #innerwork #innerjourney #medicinewalk
I came across this meticulously prepared camp sight about 400 meters off the trail today. The fire pit had yet to be used... nice work! And this lovely polyporus mushroom.... and maybe a few chanterelles had to come home with me... It was mostly a hiking day for Taylor. We made it all the way to the Juan de Fuca trail, hike a bit of it, and back to the highway #getoutside #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #vancouverislandlife
The sun came out while we were at the Loss Creek spruce. Occasionally I get disoriented when I am foraging chanterelles. I get caught up in the excitement & joy of finding them so much... Today was one of those days. Of course, the more lost I was feeling, the more chanterelles jumped out to say. “Here I am, over here!” I was starting to get concerned. There was no sun to take my bearings from. I thought I should be close to the highway, but as I listened more closely, that sound was not traffic... it was the sea. Them I heard what sounded like a car on wet pavement... turned out to be an intensified downpour moving over the canopy. I finally asked Taylor to take me to the car. He of course, set out in the opposite direction to where I thought we should go. After about 20 minutes of fast climbing and striding punctuated by stops to pick chanterelles, we reached a long lost car wreck and a trail that looked familiar. After about ten minutes on the trail I decided to get out my compass. We were headed in the right direction. About twenty minutes laterTaylor selected a thick stick, kinda like a piece of firewood, and started tossing it around to try to get me to play... sure enough, just around the bend, my car was visible at the end of the tunnel formed by the canopy. He got me back to the car. I am so grateful every day for the companionship of this sweet, smart, beautiful being. #bordercolliesofinstagram #bestbuddy #vancouverislandlife #gratitudeeveryday #getoutside #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #listentothemountains #listentothesea
It was a fungi day in the raincoast forest today. Here are a few of the gems I came across out there. #getoutside #listentothefungi #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #listentothemountains #listentothesea #vancouverislandlife #fungi #mushrooms #mycology
The rain is, thankfully, not coming down in an endless torrent. The trees are combing it out of the clouds as they brush the mountains. It is too little to late for a lot of maple leaves that didn’t really get a chance to change colour. Most came down brown, but there were a couple of colored giants on the way home. #getoutside #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #listentothemountains #listentothesea #vancouverislandlife #gratitudeeveryday
I processed four pans of chanterelles to put up in the freezer, candied a few, and dehydrated a one liter jar full... #gratitudeforwildfood #foraged #bcwild #chanterelles #getoutside #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #vancouverislandlife
It was still pretty dark and foggy at higher elevation when I left my place for work early this morning when I came upon this tree trunk that came to rest during the night. It was decayed enough that I was able to break a chunk off by lifting, rolling, and jumping on the small end. It only took about 15 minutes to make the road passable. #vancouverislandlife #getoutside #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #listentothemountains #listentothesea
Out in the forest, there were chanterelles hiding in holes, slugs feasting on the remains of a hive dug up by a bear, colored fungi, and magnificent remains of the great trees that were here before the colonizers arrived. #getoutside #listentotheforest ##listentothetrees #bordercolliesofinstagram #fungi #mycology #foraging #fungi #vancouverislandlife #gonecoastal #gratitudeeveryday
This beauty made itself visible out in the coastal forest today... nice color... #getoutside #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #listentothemushrooms #listentothesea #vancouverislandlife #mushrooms #mycology #fungi
Wild blackberries are getting more sweet every day... And when you have them in the car, adding them to a honey-butter bar at Mosi makes so much sense😍 #wildblackberries #himalayanblackberry #foraged #bcwild #vancouverislandlife #getoutside #listentotheforest #artisanbaking #urbanbeehoney
When I picked the first round of these I was surprised at the taste. I assumed them to be Sloe Berries, but the were sweeter, and more palatable that the Sloes I remember. I went back for more today, and the bushes from which I gathered them do not have thorns... so “Black Thorn” it is not. I am wondering if these are a hybrid wild plum ? #sloe #bcwild #vancouverislandlife #foraged #getoutside #listentothetrees #listentotheforest
I hesitated before making a big detour to see "Woodline". It was worth it. #landart #woodline #listentotheforest
The smells and sounds of a dense forest touches the soul and lifts the spirit. #aromatherapy #listentotheforest
A friend brought me a big bag of plums... today, after foraging 5 liters of wild blackberries, I found these beautiful & flavorful little wild plums... and then there is Nettle... plants to feed us everywhere. #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #listentothemountains #listentothesea #getoutside #naturesbounty #foragedfood #vancouverislandlife #gratitudeforlocalfood #gratitudeeveryday
Two rose bushes that grow in tide water.... the slightly flatter ones experience more salt water time than the more round ones... #rosehips #wildroses #bcwildroses #vancouverislandlife #listentotheforest #listentothesea #getoutside
We found our way down to the Juan de Fuca trail today before Taylor’s appointment with the vet for rabies update... hiked a bit in both directions near Km 13. It is such a fabulous trail! #bordercolliesofinstagram #getoutside #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #listentothemountains #listentothesea #vancouverislandlife
Somehow we will iron this out.... The things you find out in the forest... #getoutside #listentotheforest #listentothetrees #vancouverislandlife #thingspplleavebehind
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