‘patches of Godlight’

“Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could
never get from reading books on astronomy.
These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’
in the woods of our experience.”

C.S. Lewis


(shelf fungus oddly existing on the dry red dirt of Georgia / Julie Cook / 2020)

I think we need to go to the woods.
Why?
Because we need a diversion from ourselves.

I am oh so weary from the vitriol and hatred that is eclipsing our senses.

We need to be reminded that we are truly small and that there is a world out there that is
actually much greater than ourselves.

We actually need to be put back in the food chain in order to grasp
the bigger picture—-
however sadly, we tend to run in the realm of human predation…so what can I say.

Let’s get out of our cities, our lockdowns, our narrowmindedness.
Let’s get out from under the bickering and hatred racing around our lives.
Let’s go to the woods…

But before we actually get into the woods, we’ve got to park the truck.
We’ve got to start walking…
and here’s what we see before we even get into the woods…

We see a lone downy turkey feather covered in the morning dew…


(turkey feather covered in dew / Julie Cook / 2020)


(detail of turkey feather covered in dew / Julie Cook / 2020)

Before we venture much further, before we leave the rutted red dusty path and diverge
into the thick stand of trees and vines, we see a carpet of dew-covered netted webs…


(a spider web covered in the dew / Julie Cook / 2020)


(detail of dew covering a spider web/ Julie Cook / 2020)

More tomorrow when we finally venture readily and willingly deep into another world…

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9

15 comments on “‘patches of Godlight’

  1. jeffw5382 says:

    Yess! Go out and discover something, take an interest in other environments. I am lucky to live where the city, except for downtown, is actually in the woods, at the confluence of two rivers.

  2. bcparkison says:

    I just love water drops on plants . Magic that come from heaven.

  3. atimetoshare.me says:

    Beautiful photos.

  4. Salvageable says:

    Those are lovely. J.

  5. ‘patches of Godlight’

    On Saturday, October 17, 2020, cookiecrumbstoliveby wrote:

    > Julie (aka Cookie) posted: ““Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you > something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on > astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ > in the woods of our experience.” C.S. Lewis (shel” >

  6. hatrack4 says:

    In Cub Scouts, we used to spray black (at least dark) construction paper with spray adhesive and capture really neat looking spider webs. You had to be the right combination of quick and delicate to catch them without them unravelling.

  7. SLIMJIM says:

    Julie you always take incredible pictures

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