Posted by: Ann Lauwers | September 28, 2012

Tree Spirits, Dryads and wonder.

I know it’s been a little quiet around here lately. But I try to get out and photograph during the warmer months as much as I can while the weather is nice. It only takes a few months of getting out there with nature and I’ve got plenty to work on all winter long.

My photography search this summer has been leading me into the woods. Connecting with trees and their spirits, as they say.  Dryads. Wikipedia says they are the female spirit of the trees. I’m not so sure about that but here is what I believe. If all is made up of energy (quantum physics) then why wouldn’t a tree have a spirit?  I wonder, if it is made up of energy then surely they must be connected to the rest of us by way of our energy. Thus a spirit must be within these trees as well. Plants do respond to our touch. Touch one everyday and you’ll see it grow better. Yell at it and see it wilt over time.  We may not be able to get a verbal response but if you look close enough you will see the response you are looking for.

Over the last few years I’ve taken up walking with my dogs, Emma and Megan through the woods at our local state park. I’ve been able to watch these trees grow as they  line the winding narrow path. They’ve grown their branches towards us and stretched their roots out farther into our walkway making it so we have to slow down. Most of all, I’m beginning to see the images that are appearing within the bark of these trees and it makes me feel a happiness like a long time friend.  Are these images that are appearing a way to communicate to me? I believe so.

Happy Dryads is just one of many that were photographed this summer in search of images to use in the new book I’m working on. I’m taking my time with this so don’t expect anything until next spring unless I get one of those wonderful creative pushes that usually grabs my attention and doesn’t let go until I’ve finished my project. I kinda like it when that happens. It gets rid of all those excuses for not finishing.

In Happy Dryads I’m seeing three main tree spirits. If you look a little closer you will be able to pick out the fourth smaller one located center bottom. With a little practice you may even see more.

I’ve included a second image of Happy Dryads to point out what I was looking at just in case the spirits aren’t making themselves visible to you.

Have fun!






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