The Light in the Forest

Many long years ago, when I was a young teenager, I read a novel entitled The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter.  It was about a teenage Pennsylvanian boy who was kidnapped by the Lenni Lanape Indians, raised as one of them, and later returned to his blood kin.  The forest was an important part of the setting, and I always loved the images the title evoked.

Sunday, on a glorious afternoon, my husband and I went hiking in First Landing State Park here in Virginia Beach.  The name First Landing commemorates the Virginia Company‘s landing on Cape Henry in 1607  before they moved westward and formed Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America.

Although it was a very sunny day, once we entered the woods, I no longer needed my sunglasses.  I brought my camera along and snapped some pictures.  I want to share some with you, just so you know that, even though I live in a sizable city, nature is not far away.  In these photos, look at the light in the forest.

The bald cyprus swamp below reminds me of Yoda‘s planet of Dagobah.  All that’s missing is the fog…and Yoda, Luke, and R2D2, of course.

It was nice to see a little fall color making its appearance among the muted greens and browns:

My camera didn’t miss the small things, either.  Notice how the light illumines the fungi:

Light filtering through the Spanish moss:


About Coming East

I am a writer, wife, mother, and grandmother who thinks you're never too old until you're dead. My inspiration is Grandma Moses who became a successful artist in her late 70's. If I don't do something pretty soon, though, I'll have to find someone older for inspiration.
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30 Responses to The Light in the Forest

  1. Greg says:

    Ha. That’s brilliant. It really does look a bit like Dagobah without Luke, R2 and Yoda of course! : )

  2. oldereyes says:

    Great photos, Susan. Love Yoda, he and I are distant cousins. We’re on Mammoth Mountain for the weekend …the aspens are gorgeous, I’ll probably post some photos Saturday.

  3. amdalessandro says:

    Wow! You take amazing photos. I really like the first one and the third one. Thank you so much for posting them. I am actually trying to learn more about photography and I would feel so honored if a photographer as skilled as you could look at my blog and provide me with feedback about how I can improve. My blog is:

    • Coming East says:

      ROFLOL! Thanks so much for your kind words, Amdalessandro, but I just have a fairly decent eye and a nice little camera. I am far from a skilled photographer, but I would love to look at your blog, nonetheless, and will pop on over in a minute.

  4. Robin says:

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful place. I love the bald cyprus trees. You’re right. Yoda belongs there. 😉

  5. yen says:

    Hauntingly beautiful photos, Susan. I especially loved the swamp pictures. 🙂

  6. Nice photos!! Love the light streaming through and illuminating the simplest of things – like the fungi. Thanks for taking us with you! Since my back is out of whack right now and I can barely hike to the kitchen, I enjoyed the trek you took me on right from the comfort of my easy chair. And with my ice pack leaning on my achy back, I could feel the chill of fall in the air while viewing your pictures. 😉

  7. Amy says:

    You really captured the details of those fungi and the Spanish moss. Viewing your beautiful photos, I feel like I am walking along the trail and enjoying the light through the forest, the fall color of leaves… Thank you so much, Susan!

    • Coming East says:

      Thanks for your comment, Amy. Sometimes I get so absorbed in my city life, I forget to renew myself by walking in the forest, which is a shame because it is so close by.

  8. Great photos Susan! I love the light in the forest as it comes through the trees almost like a spotlight on what you need to notice. Some of the photos are downright creepy and look like a great setting for a story!

  9. Great photos Susan! Some of them are downright creepy…and look like an awesome setting for a story!

  10. Patti Ross says:

    You are so lucky to be so close to Nature, for your treks into the wilds! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Leah says:

    Wow, you really can see the light shining through the photographs. Great shots! And I remember that book from high school too. Thanks for sharing such great shots.

  12. Dor says:

    You are not only a great writer, but a photographer! Your pictures are haunting. Dor

  13. adela says:

    Beautiful focus on what may be easily overlooked. Thank you.

  14. Jenny says:

    It looks like you had a beautiful hike. My boys and I enjoyed the Star Wars video this morning!

  15. What a lovely walk!! I haven’t been to cyprus swamps before so I loved seeing them. Very cool!

    • comingeast says:

      Hike, Julia! HIKE! What a lovely hike, I’m sure you meant. A lovely walk makes it sound like we were wimpy old people taking a Sunday stroll, when we were rugged forest people, braving the wilderness, with vicious animals all around us. Okay, so we just saw a squirrel, but there could have been bears lurking somewhere…LOL!

  16. Shary Hover says:

    Gorgeous photos. I love the ones of the swamp.

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