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Safe with the Trees in Pequot Woods


Our prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: save/safe, brought to us by Jolene Mottern who’s filling in for Linda. Thanks, Joey! You can find the details here:

Save us from ourselves. From trying to “improve” things that are already great the way they are. Save us from the “developers.” What a strange word that is to me. I like the idea of developing skills, but to “develop” the land often means to pave paradise and put up a parking lot.

I can play that on the guitar without looking at the chords. It’s really easy.

I’m enjoying the trees here in Connecticut where we are visiting family and friends for the weekend, staying in the rural outskirts of the small town my husband refers to as “Hooterville.”  Lots of tree here. No need for a tree museum. I hope we can save them.

Here’s a lovely little piece of woods for hiking. I liked this sign.

Don't kill the woods sign

Whenever I leave the house, for and errand, and especially when going on a trip out of town, I check the stove more than once. Sometimes more than twice with my ritual of checking each knob: off, off, off, off, off. Safe. Safe. Safe. Safe. Safe. God please keep my house safe. My dogs safe. Safe, safe, safe.  It’s nice to travel, but I also love those days when I don’t have to leave the house at all. Those are rare days. It’s nice to have a balance.

Here are some more pictures from my hike in Pequot Woods:


tree woman lighter

What do you see?

tree with a V on path

lucy in the woods rock

Thank you for these lovely woods, Miss Lucy. I hope we keep them safe.

SOC winner 2017

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

23 thoughts on “Safe with the Trees in Pequot Woods

  1. Beteeen developers and politicians, I’m not sure any tree is safe. I hope we can stay vigilant. Nicely done.

  2. Beautiful! *sprinkles bonus points*
    My parents were civil engineers, so I often had to listen to years of “There are more trees in America now than when the pilgrims arrived” until I studied ecosystems and could respond with, “But they’re not in their rightful places!” I was always a square peg. My love for trees has never waned. Thanks for sharing these 🙂

  3. It’s such a balance, isn’t it? People need to make a living, somehow, yet I also hate most new “development.” I love trees, too (as you know), and usually find myself on the conservation side of things.

  4. I love that Joni Mitchell song. Thanks for posting it.

  5. I love the smell of trees and my favourite part is getting right under them and stare up – hope we are able to preserve and develop our green cover.

  6. Very relaxing photos of the woods. I like to check if the coffee maker is unplugged too.

  7. Yes, and it’s not just the quantity of trees, is it? It’s the relationships that a forest is based upon, the lives interwoven over generations of trees, the networks in the soil, the webs in the sky, the furry ones and the winged ones and the creepy crawley ones… Too much of our developing is actually a net loss of relationships. And I think that is the pain that we really feel. But it’s possible for development to build and extend relationships, and that is what I hope we look to in the future…


  8. Thanks for the romp in the woods, Joanna. Beautiful!! You took me back to my chilhood…i was a wild child ofnthis woods. I felt at home there and knew the twisted overgrown paths like the back of my hand 😊 It saddens me that my safe haven is most likely where I contracted Lyme Disease…😟
    But my memories are wonderful and your photos are beautiful!
    Many blessings, my friend 💜

    • I’m glad you enjoyed this romp with me and that you will always have those memories, along with all the newer ones you’re creating. ❤ Thank you for the blessings and I wish you continuing blessings and joyful moments. 🙂

  9. Beautiful photos. I especially like the dappled light in the top pic. I haven’t heard Joni M. in a while, so that was a pleasant reminded.

  10. We went on some amazing hikes in the woods in Connecticut earlier this year. One place was called Gillette castle and the other was Devil something or other, which had a beautiful waterfall. It was my first time ever spending actual time in Connecticut, other than driving through to go somewhere else. We also took a boat tour on the Connecticut River to look at American bald eagles in their natural habitat. I highly recommend it, if you’re looking for something new and interesting to do.

  11. I find peace in the woods or in a forest, JoAnna. Trees are so lovely, giving us fresh oxygen, beauty and shade. 🌲🌳

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