Tuesday, 14 June 2011

The night I saw a Dryad

I saw a Dryad once. That may seem quite an outrageous statement but it is true. It may be worth noting that I have been an engineer all my adult life and so have been trained to see only the ‘rational’, ‘explainable’ and ‘logical’.

Whilst on a working one night by an Oak tree I looked up and there she was looking at us loftily from the top of the trunk. She was not spiteful or threatening but she looked like one of those women who would meet with 'girlie' friends and say “Can you believe what she was wearing?!” Not contemptuous but direct and to the point. She was amazing and totally unfazed by our presence there. Its so hard to explain if you hadn't seen her.

I wish I could put in to words how I felt after this. I remember walking away from the working down the hill. Looking behind this oak tree was lit up from root to tip and yet no other light shone on nearby trees nor were there roads of houses anywhere nearby.

Of course after the event I tried to convince myself that I had imagined it, that llights must have been shining from a distant road or house. Yet I cant explain her no matter how hard I try. I know she was real.

It was an encounter I will never  forget for the rest of my life.


  1. Wow! Well, earlier you talked about wishing you could hear what trees would say if only you/we knew how to listen... perhaps you just got a step closer :)

  2. Wonderful blog.

  3. Thats very kind - thank you for making me smile :)

  4. I had a similar experience once. I was taking a walk with my two year old daughter and looked up from her at the tree we were approaching and standing just in front of the tree was a beautiful woman with skin that looked like bark. When she realized I could see her she looked a little surprised and was gone.