If you go down to the woods today

I like to head down to the woods on an evening. It is much quieter than during the day, plus the forest takes on a whole different personality at night. Your senses heighten. You hear and see things you don’t during the day. Creatures that hide during the day come out at night, and if you’re really quiet, and lucky, you get to glimpse them.

Walking in the Trees
unsplash-logoLacey Raper

I spent a few hours after dark in my local forest. It wasn’t the first time I had done that, but it was the first time that I got a little spooked out. I can’t explain why I felt that way. I can’t put my finger on anything in particular, but ‘unnerved’ was the best way to describe how I felt. That has never happened to me in the woods before, ever. I have always felt ‘at home’ in the woods, so it came as a bit of a surprise to me. 

I had been there for a couple of hours after dark, and when I say dark, I mean really dark. There are no light sources in the forest, other than the moon and stars and with the thick over canopy of the woods, very little light gets to ground level at night. As you loose vision, your other senses heighten. You hear sounds you would not hear otherwise. You smell odours that would otherwise pass you by. That tingle on the back of your neck becomes acute and your mind starts working overtime. 

So what was it that spooked me? I’ve thought long and hard about it and I simply don’t know. I do know that I had a sense of being watched, but did not spot any wildlife nearby. Nor did I hear any movements nearby. I just had the sense that I needed to get out of the area quickly. 

Once I have settled my nerves I may venture back in to the forest at night alone again, but for now, I am going to stick to daytime visits. 

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