A Meeting in the Woods

Griet by Beatrice Offor

Griet by Beatrice Offor

Yesterday we walked in the forest, and I picked blueberries, looked for mushroom among the dark trees. It was raining hard and water streamed down the forest path, making it difficult to walk, and yet it was beautiful out there, especially when the mist came in, turning everything silver. 

On our way back I gasped as a great animal crossed our path a little ahead of us. I whispered for my husband to be quiet and I pointed to the trees, where the moose had disappeared. We saw her dark form move between them, and I was sure we had frightened her away when she suddenly stood before us, apparently just as surprised as we were. We stood frozen for a moment, staring at each other.

Her ears twitched as she seemed to regard us, what we were, if we were dangerous in any way. I felt timid and awe struck, because she was so big and beautiful, and I had never seen a moose up close before. I felt she was a gentle creature, and yet at the same time I was a little afraid that she might see us as a threat and run at us. I moved a little, and then she turned, running back into the forest. 

I let out a breath and felt a little sad that I had frightened her away. I wished I had been calmer, that I could have looked at her a little longer. Still I felt grateful for that short, rare moment when we had seen each other. 

6 Comments on A Meeting in the Woods

  1. Jodi Sky
    September 14, 2015 at 12:01 pm (3 years ago)

    I am glad you had such a precious encounter. I cherish moments and animal encounters like that. I love the forest foraging scene you’ve described – blueberries, mushrooms, rain and mist. I would love to experience that. I’ve been longing to do something like that. I’m learning wild mushroom identification, but there are no natural forests where I live. So I’m really looking forward to travelling to forested areas to be able to forage wild mushrooms in the future, though it might only happen next year.
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    • Anne Linn
      September 15, 2015 at 8:10 am (3 years ago)

      Picking mushrooms is a lot of fun. I did not used to do it, but last year I did some research and found the mushrooms that are safe, and couldn’t be mistaken for anything poisonous. More often than not I don’t find anything, but when I do it feels like a gift.

      I hope you get to go to the forest soon, and be among the trees 🙂

  2. Lucia
    September 14, 2015 at 4:51 pm (3 years ago)

    What a nice encounter! Wild animals are somehow magical and pure, aren’t they? I know what you mean about fear though, I know it is preventing me to make more encounters too, as I live in the mountains where something like this would certainly be possible.

    About a week ago, we went for a walk in the forest with our friends, and we met…. forest cows! 🙂 The cows that have the owners, but they let them roam the forests free, and only come to pick them up for winter. We met them when coming back to our car, as they surrounded it. They were very healthy looking and muscular, and irradiated calmness and peace. I guess they just came to check what’s going on out of curiosity, and when we jumped into our car, they moved away. My husband tried to touch one, but she moved away, so they seemed not to be used to touching much anymore.

    • Anne Linn
      September 15, 2015 at 8:21 am (3 years ago)

      Yes, they feel so quiet, those wild animals, like they’re part of the forest.
      Oh those cows sounds very gentle, and happy. It must have been a beautiful experience.

    • Anne Linn
      September 15, 2015 at 8:22 am (3 years ago)

      Yes, that’s what it felt like sarah 🙂


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