Wild Ozark


~ Rock Foraging Nature Artist & Real Estate Agent in Kingston, AR ~

Madison Woods is my creative chosen name. My real name is Roxann Riedel, and aside from being a nature-loving artist, I’m a REALTOR® with Montgomery Whiteley Realty.

(479)409-3429, or email madison@wildozark.com

Making Time to Wander

One of the reasons I enjoy my Morning Mile so much is because of the walk back to the house. It’s my time to wander. It’s the wandering that feeds my soul and spirit, whereas the jog out does my body good. I need both.

After a few days of not having the time to do the morning mile, I am nearly back to starting point with endurance. So the jog didn’t last as long and I didn’t make it to the mailbox. It’s so irritating how long it takes to build up the ability to get a distance only to observe how quickly all of that work dissipates.

Anyway, I did go out this morning. And I did thoroughly enjoy my time to wander. These are the sights that caught my eye. And even if I never actually paint these specific scenes, it is time like this that inspires me to make art. I do from time to time go through my photo files to see if I want to paint any of them, though. Mostly the time to wander is a time to commune with Nature. It’s a renewal of spirit, a visit with the muses, and just pure distraction from the ever-present to-do list that awaits me back at the house.


Autumn isn’t quite technically here yet, there’s another week before it’s official. But the leaves on the trees don’t know that yet, and they think it’s time for them to wander, too. These might actually make it into a painting one day.


I love to look at the mushrooms I encounter during my morning walks back to the house. These were the photogenic ones I found today. Most of the time I don’t bother to identify them. Mainly I just like to see all the various shapes and colors, and this morning’s shrooms even seemed to have a bit of personality.

Time to Wander is Time to Look for Rocks

It’s always time to look for rocks, even if it isn’t time to wander. Sometimes I find the ones that make great pigment. But other times I just find rocks of interest. This one had a vein of some other material running all the way through it. As much as I thought about it, I didn’t break it to get an inside look. It just felt better to put it back where I found it and wander on.

A rock with a vein of other type of rock running through and around it.
Vein running all the way around this rock.

Other Posts about My Wandering Around

There’s Even a Song

This song celebrates the need to wander and I like the instrumentation in it.

Contact Mad Rox: (479) 409-3429 or madison@madisonwoods and let me know which hat I need to put on 🙂 Madison for art, Roxann for real estate, lol. Or call me Mad Rox and have them both covered!



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