It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.
~ Arthur Conan Doyle
When faced with something overwhelming in life - whether good or bad - how do we deal with it? One detail, one little bit, one step at a time.
Hiking to a serene lake in the Cascade foothills, surrounded by rugged peaks towering miles overhead, a deeply green forest scarfed with trailing clouds, breathing air so sweet and intoxicatingly fresh that you want to gulp it like wine... the scenery is so overwhelming as to be almost impossible to take in; a brief, wondrous snapshot that flashes before your eyes before dissolving into hazy memory. So what do you do?
Get lost in the details, in the individual pieces that compose the magnificent whole. Look at the raindrops beading on green leaves; the water drip, drip, dripping from cedar branches and rippling the surface of the lake; the eye-level view of a mossy rock bursting with tender wet leaves.
Such is the strategy for most of my hikes, and this was certainly the case for a recent hike to Barclay Lake. I'll share more photos and the usual Wanderings post soon... but for now, thanks to my wheezing old laptop being on its last leg, let's keep this short and sweet and enjoy the details.