My songbirds are in full chorus as I make my way to my little forest sanctuary for a few minutes of tranquility. The late March air is cool and crisp but the soil is still charged with previous day’s sun.
I happen to look down and spot the little Virginia Spring Beauty standing proudly with pink striped pedals as if the Earth was saying “Look what I did!”
The guides say that this little plant with its peppermint candy colors and generally cheerful appearance a “common” wildflower. But just because something is plentiful shouldn’t imply that it’s common. The flowers will only last a short time during which they feed some 23 different species of native bees. They also have some food value for people but I’m going to go over that in tomorrow’s Forage Friday post. For now I’m content to simply enjoy their appearance and sit quietly in their presence among the budding trees and listen to Cardnials as they sing from the highest perches they can find. I’ve began to keep an eye out for the Fiddleheads that should soon unfurl and push back the leaves. I became fully immersed in nature to the point where was acutely aware of even the popping sounds of small insects jumping in the dry leaves. Then, the morning sun casts a beam across the moss covered log that serves as a boundary market and and sun dial. It’s nearly time for me to make my way back to the house and begin my day job. But not without taking a few more shots for tomorrow night’s post.
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