Angel Wing Revisited

Back by popular demand, this is the “fixed” version of Angel Wing in the Stream posted earlier.  The PDF file here is MUCH smaller than before (80% smaller), so it should load much faster.  It is downloadable, so you can read it offline.  If you have a slow connection, it may still take a minute to load.  It is a 13Mb file.


Angel Wing in the Stream PDFAngel Wing (PDF)

The text is revised only slightly (hopefully improved) except a major change to the last page.  The conclusion was true as written before, but this version is more accurate and more in keeping with the original intent of the scribblement.

The photos are all the same with the exception of a few removed that nobody will miss.

It is a 30 to 60 minute read, depending on time spent on the pictures.  It has 58 pages containing approximately 6,700 words, 68 of my original photos, and 2 borrowed pictures.  The word count includes many passages quoted from greater minds.

Some of the photos are also in a gallery right here, at the bottom of this post.  That gives you an idea of what the text is about: my experience of immersion in their world.

While it is copyright protected, obviously I’m not charging anything to download it.  So feel free to share it with friends if you like it, or send them a link to this post.  If you don’t like it, send it to your enemies.

But if my system finds it reproduced anywhere for commercial purposes, or on any website that has ads on it, my attack dogs, goons and ghouls will be all over it.

Here is the first page:

Angel Wing in the Stream
An illustrated meditation on Nature Immersion

I am on the southwest slope of the biggest mountain in the area, about ten miles from home.  It is an undeveloped state forest preserve.  It has no formal trails, no amenities, and no people, except the coyote, bear and moose folk.  Their social lives are bigger than mine, so when I come around, nobody notices.  Until last year, this place did not even have a sign on the road saying it was part of the publicly owned forest preserve.

I am here to submit my body, mind and soul to Nature’s workshop for building health, hope and happiness.  I am here to explore and learn.  I am here to have fun. 

The mountains are fountains of men as well as of rivers, of glaciers, of fertile soil. The great poets, philosophers, prophets, able men whose thoughts and deeds have moved the world, have come down from the mountains – mountain dwellers who have grown strong there with the forest trees in Nature’s workshops.John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir (1938) pages 315-316.

As with many of my hikes, this a “trail quest.”  That means exploring lost trails that are largely overgrown or blocked in many places.  I connect the pieces, to see where they go, with nowhere as good as anywhere, exploring.  Often the trail ends and I continue.

The partial photo gallery (about a third of all the photos):

11 thoughts on “Angel Wing Revisited

    • It figures you especially would like the water surface images. They are interesting but nothing like the beauty of the ones you specialize in capturing.

      As for the text … it is as close as I can get (so far) to an accurate account of what’s happening in my head during a saunter among the trees. Well, the better parts of what’s happening in there, at least.

      Thanks for your warm feedback on this experiment in illustrated first-person/present-tense scribblement.

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  1. It’s been a crazy few weeks – more cutting of balsas, etc.. and am glad to see ‘revisited’ since the first one did not/would not load and then got a case of stage fright! am at a restaurant and will download the pdf and read soon… tomorrow is ‘work on renewing visa’ – day 2, and that process will be ongoing for another week.

    will send a smoke signal when possible! thanks in advance for what looks to be a great read!

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    • I’m sorry I wasted your time on the first one. On the other hand, I’m glad you got the second one instead, for the little improvements, and because you are the only human in the story besides me. No names, just “a painter friend in Ecuador.”

      Renewing visa … I hope that means Mr. Orange Rind Mind won’t have you shot at the border for aiding non-White humans south of San Diego.


        • I wonder if I hold my breath for 90 seconds and do a selfie I could send it with the subtitle, “Blushing,” instead of just saying it rhetorically.

          With the flood of doubts I’ve had about Angel Wing, your feedback is truly heartbubblysteaming, and reassuring that it was not a waste of time. It is especially good coming from you in particular.

          It did not feel like a waste of time CREATING it. That process was like a second kind of hike in the woods.

          It only felt like a waste after I finished it, because it seemed … I dunno, clumsy, tedious to read, overblown, heavy, verbose, too long, and just sorta depressing for no good reason. Post Dramatic Schmuck Disorder? LOL.

          It is great to hear the dash of humor hit the mark, too! I crack up at things I don’t expect anyone else to.

          Speaking of funny, writing first-person-present was laborious at first (and I’ll never feel confident I got it right), but by the end it felt almost natural. And why not? It was all about me.

          Catwoods’ asking about Angel Wing in a comment elsewhere helped get it reposted. I was surprised anyone would actually ask for it back. She does great things with nature immersion photo-essays, and cats. I especially like her water surfaces on a local brook.

          To anyone else reading this, I’m replying to the creator of this:
          Zeebra Designs & Destinations ~ An Artist’s Eyes Never Rest

          … the blog I would keep if I had to unsubscribe from all but one … which is probably what I should do anyway.

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          • Thank you so much for your kind words about my blog! And for bringing back your post. I agree with what others have said, it really pulls me into the walk, with thoughts along the way, a walk in a part of the great forest of North American that I can’t visit myself. So I find it very appealing. And I also enjoy the Playamart – Zeebra Designs site!


  2. Dennis that collection of photos below the first page is so beautiful. There is one I would like to paint (hobby watercolorist), with your permission.

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    • First, you don’t need permission to make a derivative work like that. Copyright does not extend that far. Second, you must be nuts to think I’d say anything but a resounding YES to you! (Did that resound?) Anyhow, thanks for the appreciation. I think I’ll put all the best photos in that article into a gallery somewhere and link to it in a post. They will be the full size ones, not the ones shrunk to 400px here. Then you can view them full-screen on a 6-ft TV, as I’m sure you do all the time.


    • Yeah, and the nifty thing is that none of those pix were shot anywhere that anybody would deem spectacular. More likely most people would say they were dull, scenery-wise. So your comment proves the spectacular is everywhere. That’s a great point. Thanks!


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