Seeking Hope

My heart is heavy with thoughts of recent events both here in the US and abroad, especially in Baltimore and Nepal. It all makes me feel so insignificant as I head outside. And it makes me all the more thankful for the opportunity to head outside and wander freely along the path and through the woods.

red maple 1

My hope is that you’ll never pass by a Red Maple tree again and dismiss it as just another tree.

striped maple

The same is true for a Striped Maple.

pussy willows

and willow.

vp1

My hope is you’ll relish the life of a vernal pool

vp eggs

as it supports a variety of species for such a short time,

wb 2

including this predaceous diving beetle and wiggly mosquito larva.

vp 2

Visit soon, because they are already drying up.

porc tree

My hope is you’ll look around and notice the subtle signs

porc damage

of mammal activity.

porc den

And have the good fortune to see a den and scat up close.

stone wall

My hope is you’ll come upon stone walls

trash 3

and objects in the woods that will make you wonder about those who came before.

turkey tail

My hope is you’ll notice the abalone colors of turkey tails

stump

and see castles in tree stumps.

sinking feeling

My hope is you’ll sink in the mud

trail

as you travel along the trail.

May those who suffer find hope and wonder.

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