Wandering Camera – Woodland Walk

Northern California Woodland Walk | Whims And Fancies



Welcome to the very first revival of Wandering Camera – a monthly photography linky party. 

There are trails that meander through the forest in the mountains about 27 miles from our home.  By late spring the area becomes hot and arid, but during the winter months it turns into a lush green woodland.  The rainwater then brings beautiful early spring wild flowers.   I love to walk amongst these trees, specially on cloudy days or closer to twilight.  



Walking into the woods, in the trees painting | Whims And Fancies


Self-portrait – walking into the unknown


I find the forest eerie, but at the same time the trees make it a safe place to hide and explore.



Northern California Woodland Walk | Whims And Fancies



A few months ago, I wanted to spend the wintry morning of my birthday walking on one those forest trails in the mountains leaving the small adjacent town below.  Trees dominate the landscape, but a closer look always reveals so much more. 


Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

Northern California Woodland Walk | Whims And Fancies

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.


Northern California Woodland Walk | Whims And Fancies

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

Northern California Woodland Walk | Whims And Fancies

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
I love to photograph forests and trees, they inspire me to create.  I had previously shared this favourite poem of mine, Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening, written by Robert Frost.  I hope you will indulge my wanting to share the poem here once again.



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34 thoughts on “Wandering Camera – Woodland Walk

  • Fred July 18, 2018 at 01:57

    Beautiful and inspiring pictures, great idea this linky party!!

  • nessjibberjabberuk July 6, 2018 at 14:46

    What lovely lush scenes with the moss and ferns. We are in the middle of a very un-British heatwave at the moment and we haven’t had rain in weeks!

  • Janine @ Rainbow Hare July 6, 2018 at 13:52

    I enjoyed your beautiful forest photos and the poem, Soma. I was meaning to make a Wandering Camera post but for various reasons I haven’t managed to. I’ll be sure to link up next time. :)

  • Tammie July 6, 2018 at 10:53

    A very beautiful post. Lovely mixed with this poem.
    A lovely prompt too, I hope to join you some time.

  • Minoru July 6, 2018 at 00:06

    Hi! Your photos are beautiful. I like the third one very much. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lady Fi July 5, 2018 at 22:20

    Such beautiful small details!

  • Margy July 4, 2018 at 14:44

    I love your closeups of the moss growing on the trunks. And your artful rendition of being in the woods. I’ve enjoyed drawing in my cabin journal lately, but my works are more reproductions in ink from photographs I’ve taken. – Margy

  • Nordljus July 4, 2018 at 13:08

    Beautiful photos! The forest is my favourite place too, I love trees and nature, and taking photos of them. I’m not using my camera enough these days. I hope to join in sometime!

  • Kelleyn Rothaermel July 4, 2018 at 04:11

    I love walking in the forest. That card is fantastic! I love the contrast of the black and the spring green!

  • Beth July 3, 2018 at 13:22

    Your artwork is SO thoughtful and beautiful. I also adore your photography–especially of the licorice fern at the very end. The Indians in our area would dry the root and eat them. ;D

  • Andree G Faubert July 2, 2018 at 10:39

    Your photos and self-portrait are stunning. Thanks for hosting this link-up. Looking forward to taking more photos.

  • Su-sieee! Mac July 1, 2018 at 19:12

    Reading Robert Frost’s poems doesn’t ever get old. Your photos are amazing. I can see why this trail and forest inspires you. Your self-portrait is very cool. At least once this month I’ll come back and link up to your party. Thanks!

  • Kathleen July 1, 2018 at 16:05


  • Angie July 1, 2018 at 13:08

    Your close-up photography is so well done – I especially like the one where it looks like the lichen is spreading its fingers over the tree! Thanks for hosting and have a terrific week!

  • Sherry July 1, 2018 at 09:54

    What beautiful photo’s. They are all just gorgeous! I love the self portrait and the addition of the poem.
    I have just found you and your party. I will add a couple of links. I am putting your party on my list at the bottom
    of my page.

  • Rasz June 30, 2018 at 12:07

    I am so happy you shared that poem. It is beautiful.Beautiful poem to go with beautiful photography! The path into the woods looks so inviting. I grew up where there were woods to go through everywhere I would walk to, even school. Your photos took me back to those memories. Thank you. Have a great weekend. Rasz

  • Marie-OR June 29, 2018 at 20:12

    First of all, I love your self-portrait! Wandering Camera looks like a fun linky, and when I return from my blog break I may join in! I love doing photography, and already often participate in Mersad’s Through My Lens. Your photos are wonderful!

  • Toni Leggate June 29, 2018 at 09:06

    Beautiful photos, thank you for a glimpse of that lovely forest.
    I do not understand how to link a photo although I have one to share. I do not have an internet address (as far as I know!).

  • Sandra Walker June 29, 2018 at 08:51

    I, too, as you know, love trees and forests, don’t find them eerie at all, although last week as I walked Rocco along the Greenway, I saw the biggest coyote I’ve ever seen cross our path at the bend a little ways ahead. She quite literally melted into the bushes on the other side after giving us a thoughtful look. Needless to say, I decided to not walk up to the point where she had crossed, being all alone…They aren’t known to attack humans, actually scared of them and quite wonderful creatures, but if she had pups, and Rocco isn’t as big as she was… :-) I photograph things that intrigue me or that I like, so I’ll be sure to link some of the photos up next month, perhaps coincided with my I Like/Love post. :-) Beautiful GREEN photos Soma! :-)

  • LeeAnna Paylor June 29, 2018 at 08:33

    how special to see your photos with the poem. I just love how you view the world

  • Mary June 29, 2018 at 08:26

    One really sees how “alive” the forest is through your beautiful and detailed photos. I love the addition of Robert Frost to your post.

  • Mascha June 29, 2018 at 08:05

    What a lovely poem and photoseries!
    We have a bad heat and dryness to, in this year still more than in the previous, sigh! The leaves are falling down from the trees and bushes, sigh!
    In my post “Seeds” you find a poem, what I like (in English).
    Enjoy your time :)

  • Nicole/DVArtist June 29, 2018 at 05:59

    I spent many years in the forest. Living 3 of those years totally remote and in a tent. I loved it and I miss my wanderings in the woods. Wonderful photos and I love your painting. Quite mysterious.

  • Christine June 29, 2018 at 04:41

    Lovely work and photos

  • Kim Sharman June 28, 2018 at 20:55

    How lovely to walk through this magical forest. Gorgeous photos and it is always a joy to read the Robert Frost poem. Love your self portrait.

  • BillieBee June 28, 2018 at 15:46

    Lovely, included the self portrait.

  • Wendy June 28, 2018 at 14:31

    What a beautiful post, with a favorite poem of mine. I need to go wandering more.

  • Robin Klein June 28, 2018 at 13:14

    I absolutely loved this post. Keep up the good work. It made me year for my scout days where you could just walk and dream amongst the trees and sky.

  • Dixie June 28, 2018 at 09:44

    Beautiful pictures of the woodlands, Soma.
    Your self portrait definitely does emote an other-worldly/mysterious environment.

  • Katie June 28, 2018 at 07:46

    This is such a great idea. With amazing cameras on cell phones, most of us have a camera with us at all times, but I’m shy about getting mine out, afraid I’ll look too touristy or like an old lady trying to keep up with the teenagers. But this had encouraged me to maybe be a little less timid – and if anyone IS paying that much attention, I hope they realize the camera is not pointed at me! I’ll be gathering steam for next month!

  • krislovesfabric June 28, 2018 at 06:41

    Gorgeous pics, your green theme is very soothing, and I love the idea of poetic accompaniment :)

  • Alycia June 28, 2018 at 06:33

    Beautiful CLose ups!!!

  • Carol S. June 28, 2018 at 06:12

    Gorgeous photos of the forest and the poem was lovely. Your self portrait is interesting and definitely portrays eerie and safe…love it!

  • Shasta June 28, 2018 at 05:46

    These are beautiful calming photographs, and the presentation with the poem makes them even better!

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