For our first wildflower walk of 2015, we witnessed a sampling of the sights and sounds of spring's awakening.
"... to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring ...."
In Ms. Barnhart's narrative of the Sherwin Preserve Walk, she describes the many visual delights: plant, animal, and geology, we encountered during our walk on a mighty fine May morning.
"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." Lao Tzu
We had a wonderful time on the Wednesday evening of 16 April 2014 identifying and photographing various plants along the Linda Falls trail. Our path led us through a woodland, along the edge of a ravine, and into a floodplain populated by wildflowers in differing stages of emergence. Along the way we passed a white oak tree and were told that shed skins of black rat snakes have been observed in the branches. None were observed on our evening walk.
Nature is a wonderful teacher.
Preserving land and protecting the habitat of threatened species is a magnificent investment in the future. One of the best ways to do this is to support our local parks and preserves. Public park districts especially deserve our support. It is imperative that we have protected places where the public can appreciate the peace and beauty of nature.
The Garden, No.921, Saturday, July 13, 1889, Vol.XXXVI
One of the most deeply meaningful experiences of being out in nature is the feeling of being connected -- in and through time. You are not only witnessing the present, but the past and future as well. Those who participated in the Thompson Ledges walk observed the many hundreds of sprouting, broken, and trodded upon acorns similar to those Robert Douglas observed and wrote about in 1889.
The "what" experienced in nature can be anything. The importance is the experience itself.
Thompson Ledges Wildflower Walk
Wishing you a good start to your week,
Lisa K. SchlaG