Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Walking the Woods at VCCA



I can hardly believe my good fortune to have been granted another residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), and so, when I arrived and temperatures were in the high 50s (as opposed to below the freezing point in my hometown of Chicago), I just had to venture out on my beloved walk through the VCCA woods. How happy I was to find one of my favorite spots again - the bench in the woods.



Finding the path, however, proved not to be so easy. A recent derecho, as I later learned, had felled a great number of trees and destroyed the entry to the trail, see photo above. I had to climb over a pile of logs and tangled barbed wire to reach the path, only to have to duck under clingy brambles and march across squishy muddy swampland to finally arrive at what looked like the old path.



The view from the bench



I am really here - in the crisp Virginia woods where the rustle of the dry leaves on the ground sounds like autumn rather than winter.



The view from the path farther on.




Whimsy like this - a white shell basking in the middle of a foot bridge - confirms I'm at the VCCA. In a community of artists, there's no telling what wonders you might happen upon, even in the woods.



Right above the shell, a live branch is utilized as a railing.



Swampland in the late afternoon winter sun.



Winter trees straight up...



...or hazards along the way...



or a bit forbidding... (The earth is red! I am in the South!)



...and I among them.

PS: The Internet connection at VCCA is spotty and it took me way too long to upload the photos for this essay. So it might be a while before you hear from me again here. But, I shall be writing, and I shall be wandering the woods! Fallen logs and all.



10 comments:

  1. Sounds wonderful, Annette. Enjoy your time there and having lots of writing time, too.

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    1. Nancy, thank you. I am really having a wonderful time.

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  2. Beim Anblick deiner Wanderschuhe hat mein Herz einen kleinen Sprung gemacht, wohl weil ich sie aus dem wirklichen Leben kenne. Und "Trees straight up" gefaellt mir besonders gut, erinnert mich an Aufnahmen von Ansel Adams. Und leere Baenke machen mich immer ein wenig wehmuetig. Menschen sollten dort verweilen, sich bei den Haenden halten, sich kuessen oder einfach in die gleiche Richtung schauen.

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    1. Barbara, danke, vor allem fuer das Kompliment bzgl. "Trees straight up."

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  3. That is the sort of place I'd love to hike through!

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    1. William, it really is a good walk through the woods, perfect for clearing your head after hours of writing.

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  4. So glad you're enjoying your time and space here at VCCA!

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    1. Thank you, VCCA, for being such a magical place!

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