wild goose chase


The slender trunks are window panes, the leaves are patterns on stained glass. Felled branches litter the ground like scattered hymn books after particularly boisterous wedding.

But is it not precisely this that makes such a place a cathedral.

Nor is it the invisible network of lichens and fungi that connect these tree by their roots, forming a community that worships the sun together.

It is the light filtered through living growing things, that makes this forest a cathedral.

A spot for forest bathing, a picnic, or time spent quietly reflecting while sitting cross legged at the base of a tree. Inhaling the scent of pine mixed with the fungal aromas of that network beneath your crossed legs. All the while feeling the direct warmth of the sun on your face, in a way that no stone cathedral would allow.


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