Fortune visited today and made it possible for me to get off early enough to meander by the Witches Castle, built alongside this creek. The cloudiness of the water is quite unfortunate and sad to see. It should be clean and clear.
Incredibly, this is only a short drive from the heart of the city! A little later in the day I was blessed with opportunity to share this experience with a couple gals who had never heard of the Witches Castle before. Intrigued, they vowed to visit soon.
The creek flow reminded me of my teen years. My bedroom window faced the river. Every night I had it cracked a bit (or a lot in the summer) and the sound of the water running past lulled me to sleep at night for years.
This spectacular image of sun and earth startled me when I first saw it. I was not expecting to see the suns rays coming in from the left and another set of rays coming in from the right. I believe this one deserves special mention.
There was mystical feel to this place. The color of the undergrowth, and the way the limbs nested with it left me with the sense of a magical energy. The space felt ancient, holding stories about life known from long ago.
The trail was moderate and smooth in most places. I only heard a couple small birds singing. Other than that it was just running water and wind. The animal life in this part of the forest was pretty much non-existent.
My shadow self was good company today. The ends of my laces kept tapping on the sides of my shoes as I walked. For a time, before I figured out what it was, I thought someone was following me. A subtle, but definitely heard sound, much like a rock stuck in the sole of shoe tread while walking on tile. I was relieved once I was understood where the sound came from.
Home now, I ponder the experience and am so grateful. How lovely to smell the damp earth and hear the stream as it flowed. Someday I hope the waters everywhere will run clear once more. It really is sad to see everything so toxic.
I took these photos to reference here, and there are more images in my mind … memories … for when memories will be needed.