Me and my kiddo

Me and my kiddo

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

My Latest Forest Stroll Theme... Purple Flowers!

Of course, I begin by stepping out of my little, yellow house at the bend of the road and looking up and being filled with sunshine:

Ah... and then I set out and see what forest wonder captures my delight on the particular day. I'd already met Creeping Myrtle / Periwinkle (although for quite awhile I had it mis-identified as Mountain Laurel). Now, I'm quite certain of this lovely ground cover and I've learned all sorts of crazy things about its magical uses in the process!


I was delighted with this little one and almost thought it was Hound's Tongue, but the leaves were too far up the stem. I searched a bit more and found these are Forget Me Nots. So pretty.

Then I was presented with two that I didn't know at all.

I'm pretty sure this one is Wild Geranium, Cranesbill and...

... that left this one to perplex me. I'm getting nowhere. I shall ask my plant wisemen/wisewomen for help. 
UPDATE
Doug says, "Four petals in an X-shape always means Mustard family! (Violets typically have at least five petals.) This one looks like one that goes by a lot of different names; one I've heard is "Sweet Rocket." Scientifically it's in the genus Hesperis, I think. It's probably a magenta variety of this species:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hesperis_matronalis"

Finally, I turn around at the oak forest (with the white fence below)... this walk has been enchanting me for years now, yet I always find something new to enchant me further :)




Sunday, February 12, 2017

Puddle Reflections

I headed out intent on forest bathing and hoping to curtail a brewing migraine. I fell in love with puddle reflections.  I started by enjoying all the shadows, sparkles, and swirls in this particular puddle... then contemplating the reflections.







Then it was like every single puddle was this exciting mirror to explore!

Here we have a zooming out series of four:




Sometimes I could see them from the side:

But more often, I needed to get close to peer inside:

Then I took a few pictures comparing the reflection to the real thing and what a delightful show!












Happy reflections delight :)

Friday, February 10, 2017

To Highway 17 and Back Again

It's been quite the run of storms recently which have caused mudslides and road closures. After Andrew got to work this morning, a slide closed Highway 17 completely south of us.






































I knew that all the backroads to access Laurel were blocked by slides or flooding. So, while this is still my favorite walk, I turned left out of our driveway to walk to the highway and back again. I hoped to see if there was a way to enter Laurel Rd from 17, if someone was able to come from the north. (As the screenshot gives away, there was and it worked... albeit not quickly.)

However, I have been developing themes for my forest road strolls and this time I picked fluorescent green. You see, it doesn't seem to matter if we're talking about edge-of-the-road asphalt 


















or trunks





































or stumps


















or red-wood needles





































or even whole trees...





































my forest has some seriously happy moss! Noticing it made my uphill trek to the road much more pleasant. 

On a side note, but in the glowing theme, have you noticed how raindrops glow silver on leaves on a gray day? They get this glorious, metallic luster that's quite different from the gem-like sparkle of sunny-day dew drops.







































The road was empty but not blocked and my husband made it home. Hoorah for a successful trip "To Highway 17 and Back Again"!