For One Word Sunday this week, Debbie’s theme is ‘Arch’, and a while ago I spotted this natural arch whilst out walking. Could it conceal a hidden doorway into a magical dimension somewhere?

Also, I wonder if you can see any Spirits of the Trees in the photo? I can only make out one pair of eyes looking at me, which appear to be part of a cat spirit (on the opposite side of the broken trunk) but the face appears only fleetingly. The eyes remain visible. I’ve highlighted where I see it:

Hallowe’en Spirits

The Hallowe’en Spirits are a gathering!

Can you see the Skeletal Spirit towards the upper right of the above photo? Or the Shrunken Head Spirit in the bottom right? Maybe you can see the Carved Tree Spirit on the tree on the left. Or perhaps you can see a different Tree Spirit entirely.

Please let me know what you can see… and I will reply to all comments very shortly!

Spirits and Such

I’ve been out in the Grinds again, taking photographs of random whatnots. The sky started to turn very dark at one point, and I was quite drawn to how the sunlight was forcing its way through the cloud cover. Can you notice anything in this photo?:

It was when I was looking through the photos afterwards that I spotted the first Spirit of the Sky. It wasn’t visible in the brightness of the normal sky, but in the photographed version it was quite clear. Here’s a closer version of what I saw. Is it any clearer yet?

This is as close as I can go as the photo is now starting to pixelate. Can you see the face of the female spirit looking upwards? It looks as though she is holding out her hands as well. Her eyes and hair, to me, are very clear, in the centre of this image:

The second Spirit, this time a Spirit of the Trees, appeared after I’d taken a photo of some planes that had flown over. There has been a lot of airplane activity of late, which is most unusual, with three or four aircraft flying over together, which is something I’ve never seen before. I’ve seen a convoy of helicopters fly overhead, but never planes. In this photo, I’d managed to capture two of the planes in the distance. The third was just ahead, but hidden by the trees.

The Spirit of the Tree made himself known to me as I was attempting to edit the photo to enhance the colours. All of the photos in this post haven’t been enhanced, only cropped (apart from the header image, that is.) This next photo is a closer look of the Tree Spirit; I’ve kept the planes in to show it is the same photo as above.

And here he is. Once again, the photo is staring to pixelate, but can you see the Green Man looking skywards through the leaves? I usually see lots of different Spirit’s faces through the leaves, but not the Green Man usually. If you look closely, you can see another face peering out just below him, and the more you look a whole host of other faces appear:

I think it is quite surprising the amount of things we see that aren’t actually there. Or are they?


Lakeside Guardians

I’ve been walking around the Lake again today. With all the changes going on Seasonal-wise, I was quite surprised to find myself back on a cool Summer’s Day. I made it my mission to search for the Spirits of the Trees or the Lakeside Guardians, and to photograph them through my trusty mobile phone. I do have a camera, but my mobile is so much easier!

The first place I looked was on and around the Plinth. Apart from a couple of ducks and gulls, I couldn’t see anything.

A closer look of the Plinth didn’t reveal any tree spirits, although I could see a face appear and disappear down the left side of the stone, below the gull that is fully in shot. Does the face appear to you?

Panning back a little revealed the first Tree Spirits – top centre is a cheerful smiling face and at around one o’clock there’s a deer peering through wearing a monocle, of all things:

No Spirits over by the Rocks, I thought… then I noticed the large rock smiling back at me:

Nothing on the Bank, until I spotted the Water Spirit taking the form of a pig (at around three o’clock):

The two ducks from the first photo were giving nothing away to help me:

I continued searching the Bank. The water hens also didn’t provide any clues, but I spotted another Rock Spirit disguised as ET (centre):

And a Plant Spirit taking on the appearance of an owl peering through the grasses (top right):

Suddenly, from everywhere a flock/armada of ducks arrived:

Seemingly hundreds of them swimming in:

I realised the weather was changing again. Looking up, the sky was still blue, but the clouds were closing in. No Spirits up there:

I looked over to the other side of the Lake, and saw the clearest Spirit to date. The figure of a lady sitting, looking at her hands, is clearly seen at the centre of this photo:

Here she is in a closer shot – she’s certainly contemplating something!:

And finally, peering from out of the trees, just above Salamander’s Bridge is the Black Panther (around eight o’clock, toward the centre):

And here’s a closer view (slightly enhanced) of the Panther:

Apologies for the photo overload today, but I couldn’t resist sharing the images from this walk. Maybe you can see other Spirits or Guardians in these photos that I haven’t spotted or mentioned… if so, please let me know in the comments.

Happy Weekend!!!

The Watcher Amongst the Trees

She stands. She watches. She hardly ever moves.

Is she waiting for someone?

Looking for something?

She allows herself to be seen, occasionally. And occasionally, she is seen smiling.

Some say she is the Lady in White, who wails throughout the woods on dark stormy nights, calling out an inaudible name. Others say she is Queen Elizabeth I, back to hold court with her many invisible subjects. And there are those who simply describe her as the Spirit of the Trees – although this spirit is not one of Nature’s kind. But her presence always brings with it an eerie chill.