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Somehow it's gotten to be July! After a truly horrendous weekend in late June, when it got to be 115 degrees here in the normally temperate Pacific Northwest, the weather has been, blessedly, much gentler -- a balmy, friendly summer with warm days and cooler nights.
Because of the lovely weather, I've been spending a lot more time outdoors, taking long walks on the shaded forest trails that aren't too far from my house. I've found that walking in the forest, surrounded by evergreen trees and deep shade and waist-high sword ferns, has been a balm for my soul. I'm a tree at heart, and when it's just my soft footsteps and the sound of the nearby trees and the forest beyond, that part of me is able to expand and breathe and heal and feel more -- whole? optimistic? evergreen? It's hard to describe in words, so I've played it instead; perhaps you'll be able to hear what I mean.
So, my dears, here is a bit of my evergreen heart, distilled into music especially for you.
Cover photo: a trail in the Olympic National Park forest near Lake Quinault. Taken by Betsy in May 2018. Description: A sun-dappled gravel trail curves through a thick Pacific Northwest forest. Ferns and evergreen trees grow abundantly on both sides of the trail. Sunlight filters through the canopy, creating a green-yellow backlight that illuminates the upper-left corner of the image. Ahead, beside the trail, lurks a large fallen log whose silhouette vaguely resembles an alligator's open toothy mouth. (There are no alligators in this forest.)