Soon the time is approaching

This morning the air is fresh and sweet. Fruits and berries are maturing and a soft breeze carries a wonderful scent and the promise of a favourable harvest. Time is now approaching for happy walks.

None of your knowledge, your reading, your connections will be of any use here: two legs suffice, and big eyes to see with. Walk alone, across mountains or through forests. You are nobody to the hills or the thick boughs heavy with greenery. You are no longer a role, or a status, not even an individual, but a body, a body that feels sharp stones on the paths, the caress of long grass and the freshness of the wind. When you walk, the world has neither present nor future: nothing but the cycle of mornings and evenings. Always the same thing to do all day: walk. But the walker who marvels while walking (the blue of the rocks in a July evening light, the silvery green of olive leaves at noon, the violet morning hills) has no past, no plans, no experience. He has within him the eternal child. While walking I am but a simple gaze.

Frédéric Gros, A philosophy of walking

14 Comments on “Soon the time is approaching

    • Hi Mei. I was thrilled when I read the words from Frédéric Gros. Thanks a lot for your kind words!!

  1. “… two legs suffice, and big eyes to see with.” You certainly have the big eyes, Hanna! 🙂 I love the sense of wonder that always comes through in your photos.

    • There are so many wonderful nature areas just waiting to be discovered, Heide. I love the thought of it! 😎😊

  2. Yep…. I hate to wish time away but those signs of the autumn that must come our way are becoming more obvious as each day goes bye. Seems earlies this year or maybe that just my memory ageing 🙂

    • Hi David. I think you are right about the weather change is earlier this year. It sure is a little bit colder than last year 😊

      • Yes, disturbing records are being set, David. Meteorology has always been interesting, but right now it’s a spectacular field.
        Wish you lovely days in your wonderful countryside!!

    • Hi Buskerboy. I’m happy to inspire – thanks for letting me know!!
      Happy walks,
      Hanna

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