Saturday, January 9, 2010

the wood between the worlds

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He was standing by the edge of a small pool-
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not more than ten feet from side to side- in a wood.
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The trees grew close together and were so leafy 
that he could get no glimpse of the sky.
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All the light was green light that came through the leaves:
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but there must have been a very strong sun overhead,
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for this green daylight was bright and warm.
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It was the quietest wood you could possibly imagine.
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There were no birds, no insects, no animals, and no wind.
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You could almost feel the trees growing.
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The pool he had just got out of was not the only pool.
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There were dozens of others- 
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a pool every few yards as far as his eyes could reach.
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You could almost feel the trees drinking the water up with their roots.
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This wood was very much alive.


Excerpt from "The Magicians Nephew" by C.S. Lewis
photographs by Jimmy Backius



I wish I were a wood nymph
that could run through the snowy forests of the north.

3 comments:

makemoremistakes said...

reaaaally fucking incredible photos. I GOT YOUR CHRISTMAS ENVELOPE!! You're the sweetest. Sorry it's taken me so so so long to write you back...I am terrible at communicating. But needless to say I have been thoroughly enjoying everything you sent. I covered my entire world in the glitter for new years, and my 7 year old 'spanish sister' died in jealousy when she saw the stickers, so I had to give them to her...and the pictures are decorating my room/being used for collaging! You're my hero. How's your life darling?

Paperface said...

Beautiful. As always.

Oakley said...

i like that "the woods were very much alive"