The Hike

a charlie brown christmas

a charlie brown christmas

A couple of weeks ago I took another hike into the woods behind our home. Autumn had already peeked, but there was still some beautiful color to be seen. I happened to find a small pine seedling growing beneath a maple tree. Most of its leaves had fallen covering the ground around the little pine. A spider had spun her web across the tops of the needles as though it was decorating it for Christmas. The more I look at it, the more I was reminded of Charlie Brown’s little Christmas tree.

hung on a rock

hung on a rock

There is a wet weather creek that flows through the hollow. I say wet weather, but you can most always find water in it. It’s just that sometimes it’s impossible to cross and other times you can hike down the middle of it. During this time of the year, you can almost always count on it being the latter.

the little brook

the little brook

From the way it appears today it’s hard to believe the sometimes dangerous looking creek is nothing more than a gentle flowing brook.



The question that begs to be asked this Thanksgiving week is what are you thankful for? I haven’t said much about this, but I did happen to mention a couple of weeks ago that I had recently been laid off. After having a job for the past 26 years, this has been a brand new experience for me and my family. The past month has been different to say the least.  Of course this happened just before our vacation, which had already been planned. As it turned out, it was something that we both needed. However, this Thanksgiving I’m glad to say that I’m thankful for a new temporary job.  It’s not permanent, but it is something that is planned to last several months.

no matter where you might fall always stand out

no matter where you might fall always stand out

Walking down the mountain is never a problem. It is always the trip back up that get to you. As I start heading back up I stop for one last shot, and it occurred to me that no matter where you might fall always stand out.






  1. Eden November 23, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    Beautiful captures! Especially love the first one, so symbolic of the phasing from fall into winter 🙂

  2. Jimi Jones November 23, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    Great shots, Phillip. They are all so beautiful, particularly the brook. Must have been a fun walk. 🙂

    • Phillip November 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

      I appreciate it Jimi, it was!

  3. Len Saltiel November 23, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Very nice images Phillip. Great colors. Have a great Thanksgiving

    • Phillip November 23, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

      Thank you Len. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well!

  4. Edith Levy November 23, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    Beautiful series of shots Phillip. Looks like a great spot to go for a hike.

    • Phillip November 24, 2011 at 7:40 am #

      Thanks Edith. It is a great place.

  5. deniseippolito November 26, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    Phillip, The first image does look like a Charlie Brown tree. The lighting and vignette look nice. I like the last image a lot-well seen!

    • Phillip November 26, 2011 at 10:38 am #

      Thank you Denise I really appreciate your comment!

  6. Otto von Münchow November 28, 2011 at 4:58 am #

    A series of beautiful and well captured pictures. Lovely and vivid colours. My favourite is probably the last of them.

    • Phillip November 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

      Thanks Otto. That on is one mine favorites too. I appreciate it!

  7. Rob November 28, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    It must have been a joy to stroll through the woods and be greeted by nature’s treasures all along the way.

    • Phillip November 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

      It really is Rob. Since I live here and grew up playing in these same woods it is very easy to take them for granted and not see the beauty. I believe that is one reason that photographing scenes on a trip is so exciting. It’s new to the photographer because he doesn’t see it every day. However, I think that it is helpful to photograph these places as well, because it forces one to actually look at their surroundings.

  8. Marc November 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    Great find Phillip. And all close to home too!

    • Phillip November 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

      Very close! Thanks Marc, I appreciate it!

  9. Kris Koeller December 10, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    These are terrific. The colors look amazing. Well done.

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