I arrived just past sunrise.
The goddess tree greeted me, legs spread, arms outstretched.
Damp earth warming to dawn's touch smelled like skin.
Smoky clouds of vapor and magic swirled atop ridges.
Spore-dotted ferns dripped with dew.
Stones glazed metallic directed my gaze downward.
When I looked up again, I was free-falling off the cliff's edge, spinning in a waterfall, dancing in the sunshine, and laughing in the shimmering center of a rainbow.
Photos KM 2009