If left to my own devices I would be a happy hermit. This past week I happily kept myself inside and focused on research and study. However, when my husband finished up all he had to do Saturday afternoon he told me I had to get out. “Hon, you have to get out of this house, where do you want to go?” He asked while I moaned in protest, “I’m fine, really, I have plenty I am working on.” “No, you are getting out even if it is for a light hike in the woods,” I sighed, stretched my crampped up legs and got ready even though my mind was elsewhere.
I tend to literally pour all of myself into what I am working on so JJ often must drag me away from my work, so I don’t burn myself out. I personally felt it was too late in the day to do anything, but he insisted so we took off to Cataloochee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Being blessed to live in one of the great oasis of the earth you would assume I would get outside and enjoy it more than I do. Thankfully, JJ is the Yin to my Yang and helps me balance my life. Even though I grumbled all the way down into the valley that the light was going to fade too fast and I was not going to get any decent shots, I was wrong. Not only did I get to see the adorable Spring elk babies, (reintroduced to the park some years back), but I found some other interesting plants to photograph and enjoy.
Since my mood was lifted and he had proven me wrong, because I really did need to get outside, on the way out of the Park I had him stop at the divide. There is a trail there I had never taken the time to explore. The sun was almost ready to slip into repose behind the already slumbering peaks, but I thought, why not?
The wind was wildly whipping my hair as we climbed the slope and JJ was grumbling that he should have brought a jacket, but I just laughed. I suppose it was his turn to complain for the day, so I let him, I had already complained enough. We didn’t go far but I fell in love with this trail and found myself inspired to use it for some upcoming photoshoots. What kind is still to be determined but, on the way, down I became awestruck with the colors of the sunset! The copper and blazing gold of the light fading just took my breath away. Coupled with the wind sighing in the tree canopy placed me into another plane of existence. Even JJ silently stood beside me as I snapped a few images of the dying light before it faded into twilight.
Yes, JJ, was right I need to get outside and break my vigil of hermitage.