While being enveloped by the energy of the trees.
As I walk on the trail.
Black squirrels are busy stuffing their cheeks with nuts.
My eyes spot a nuthatch twirling down a tree on his path to the sunflower seeds upon the earth below.
Further down the trail a blue jay flies into view.
It must be time for dinner.
I venture along enjoying the tranquility
While continuing to admire the canvas front of me.
The artistic creation of the bare branches of the trees
Reaching outward and towards the sky.
Listening to the occasional sounds of the forest choir.
In a meditative state, I continue forth.
With the snow beneath me, I walk supported with poles in hand.
The repetitive movement adds to the meditative state I acquire.
I then decide to walk off the trail a bit in hopes to see deer.
Just as I round a corner, I look up and
I immediately stopped and stood still.
We studied each other for a few moments.
Then I noticed behind him were four more.
It looked like a reflection repeated in a mirror.
All standing in line looking at me.
I was a stranger invading their space
Though I wanted to let them know, I come in peace.
Two walked towards me and then started to nibble on twigs and bits.
All four continued about their business knowing they were safe.
I stood in awe feeling blessed to be allowed to witness their activities.
Minutes went by but time and I stood still.
Eventually, they nonchalantly strolled past me. I watched as they ventured along the path of which I came.
I too slowly turned around and quietly walked back to where I entered.
When I reached the trail, I disovered two of the deer near the edge.
I remembered I had a bag of trail mix in my pocket.
I opened the bag and immediately a chickadees came to perch.
Upon seeing the birds feasting on my hand one deer came closer.
He looked at my hand and I at him.
I let him know he could be safe to approach if he wanted to.
He gently walked up and put his nose upon my hand.
I could feel his lips opening and his tongue taking the seeds.
At that instant, I felt as one with this beautiful animal.
As he chewed the seeds I replenished my hand.
We continued this dance until he had his fill.
He then tipped his nose and turned around and slowly walked.
Just a few steps away I thanked him.
He twisted his head around to look at me as if to say welcome.
As I turned and walked away, I felt in awe of this experience.
A connection that will last a lifetime in my memory and I hope his.
The beauty and the gift that was bestowed upon me today.
We had shared a rare moment together.
In the magic of Winter.
Many thanks to my partner for driving me out to walk in the woods.