119. New Forest
This was a very impromptu Nature Seekers. Have you ever passed somewhere in the car and thought 'oh my days that looks good', and then a week later only to think 'I really should make time to stop there one day'?
That was what today was about. A trip to revisit such a place,that turned into a mission. In the remnants of the morning fog I aimed to get closer to piles of stacked tree trunks I had found in the New Forest. I could see a glimpse of them from the road but wanted to get closer, so parked up and set off and a rather brisk pace, somewhat un-naturally over-excited about getting up close to the stacks.
I got close...
...but there was this. A fence that oozed 'Get off my laaaaaaand'.
Eventually I found a gate. National Trust property, recreational access by permit only. Damn. I was so close. And then it happened. I looked left and right, scanning the area. Nothing. No one. not even a cow or pony.
And then it happened. My metaphorical balls dropped. Before I knew it was climbing over the 5 bar gate.
'There's no machinery about, no danger, I'm not going to get too close to the stacks' I told myself.
And like a school girl flinging wet hand towel paper at the ceiling in the girls loos circa 1989 I felt a little flutter, a little thrill at doing something that I really shouldn't be. Hardly like the definitive moment in Heisenbergs life where he bought a motorhome to cook up crystal meth I know, but I felt genuinely nervous and at the same time completely free (and rather naughty).
Do I regret it? Never. I finally know what I want to do with my life. I want to travels to places, take photos and share them and if no one likes the photos I take, I don't care - for I'll be happy. From now on it's less time online and more time exploring and capturing what I see - I'll always come back to share what I've seen. Even if it's like this, many photos pf the same old pile of logs (sorry).
About Nature Seekers
The Nature Seekers series is a collection of photos, experiences and words of being outdoors, actively seeking time with nature. It's a small and focused series and I'd love for anyone who feels passionately about spending time outdoors or who is moved to try it, to get in touch to be featured here. Your photos, words, thoughts, experiences, memories - anything that involves you and nature.This is purely a series about adults and nature, this isn't about time enjoyed with your child outdoors, this is time enjoyed just by you. It's a stepping back from a busy lifestyle, from time online and reconnecting with nature, clearing your mindspace and how that enhances your life.