Whispers Along the Trail

“The way to be heard isn’t to shout,” said the Reverend Dr. Sam Wells of St. Martins in the Fields, London. “It’s to whisper.” But who are the whisperers?

Listen for the slightest murmur of Trailing Arbutus’s delicate blossoms beneath its leathery leaves.

Hear also the soft words of a rattlesnake-plantain explaining that its striking veins may suggest “checkered,” but it actually goes by “downy” in common speak.

Take notice of an old beaver wound upon a hemlock healed in such a way that it could be a snake embracing the trunk.

Be attentive to hobblebush no matter how much it makes you hobble for it always has more to offer including corrugated leaves unfurling and a flowerhead silently forming.

Give audience to Rhodora’s woody structure of last year before her magenta flowers soon distract.

Concentrate on the red back of the Red-backed Salamander before it goes back into hiding beneath a flipped log.

Heed the ruby red lips and hairy lining of a Pitcher Plant’s leaves as they invite all to enter . . . and never leave.

Pay attention to the male Hairy Woodpecker who speaks in hushed pecks as two females squabble for his attention.

Give ear to otter scat full of scales that mutter the name of its last meal.

Tune in to the secret hieroglyphic message a beaver leaves in chew sticks left behind.

Remember to keep your voice low as you spy the first crosiers of those most sensitive.

Walk in silence through the forest and wetlands while listening intently to all who whisper along the trail. May their hushed voices shout from every corner and uplift your spirits now and forever.

6 thoughts on “Whispers Along the Trail

  1. Another lovely blog. I’m hoping this comment works as it wouldn’t let me reply to your comment on a previous post so I’ll try it here instead (my phone’s problem I think)… Hi Leigh, excuse the delayed reply, I seem to keep missing messages on here and then when I try and post it fails! Things seem pretty good…I have my first jab on Thursday. We’re glad the shops and pubs reopened as it means fewer people in our beloved countryside. Always a positive!

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    1. Jo Gee, it’s great to hear from you and I’m so glad you’ll get your first jab tomorrow. We’re 2.5 weeks beyond the second and soooo grateful. I hear you about fewer people in the countryside. It’s amazing how many people have relocated to our area. Yikes. And I didn’t realize the pubs had reopened. Another plus. Take care!

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