Terebinthine Pine Forest Morn: Beth’s Travels on the Bartram Trail 54

Take a moment to listen to William Bartram’s words describing dawn in a longleaf pine forest:

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Longleaf Sentinels at Dawn by Beth Thompson: Beth's Travels on the Bartram Trail Series.

Longleaf Sentinels at Dawn by Beth Thompson: Beth’s Travels on the Bartram Trail Series.

A month in motion:

Thanksgiving month saw my husband and I in motion. Visiting 4 Georgia state parks in our trusty travel trailer, we went from the Northeastern corner of the state to the Southwestern corner of the state. Seminole State Park of Georgia grabbed my attention as having a large longleaf pine forest contained within its boundaries. We arrived at dusk and set up camp.

Moonlight through the Pines by Beth Thompson: Beth's Travels on the Bartram Trail Series

Moonlight through the Pines by Beth Thompson: Beth’s Travels on the Bartram Trail Series

Moonrise…

The moon rose shortly after dinner, and shone brightly through the long needles of the pines, from whence they gained their name. Racing clouds added a dynamic to my long exposures.

Sunrise…

Waking before dawn the following day I watched as the sun came up over the horizon. The tops of Bartram’s terebinthine pines, standing tall, were the first to catch the sun’s rays. Thus I experienced the same gilding of the pines with gold that Bartram spoke of centuries ago.

Sun-gilded Pine by Beth Thompson: Beth's Travels on the Bartram Trail Series

Sun-gilded Pine by Beth Thompson: Beth’s Travels on the Bartram Trail Series

Resounds in the skies…

All of a sudden, I heard an awful racket! From not too distant came a flock of birds, a huge flock, and they were racing right over me, talking and chattering the whole way! With but a few moments notice, I readjusted my camera to point straight up and…

Dawn Chatterbirds by Beth Thompson: Beth's Travels on the Bartram Trail Series

Dawn Chatterbirds by Beth Thompson: Beth’s Travels on the Bartram Trail Series

An Arch of Longleaf Pines…

The Pines around the campsite backed up to a pond. With the sun rising behind them they framed the landscape with an arch of silhouettes.

Arch of longleaf silhouettes at dawn by Beth Thompson: Beth's Travels on the Bartram Trail Series

Arch of longleaf silhouettes at dawn by Beth Thompson: Beth’s Travels on the Bartram Trail Series

Transformation…

The image above became the Possible Perception below….

Longleaf Dawn Possible Perception by Beth Thompson

Longleaf Dawn Possible Perception by Beth Thompson

*Opening Stanza of reading by Trip Shakespeare

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