In the distant past I have wanted to become a naturalist writer. But I am not sure if I have the quality to be one or to become one, so this blog will have to do, at least for now. Among my favorite naturalist writers are John McPhee, Gretel Ehrlich, Sue Hubbell, and Edward Hoagland, among others. Naturally, I devoured writings by Henry David Thoreau and Aldo Leopold.
|Sunrise on the trail in the woods behind our home.|
The trail leads from our home by some ephemeral ponds that so often write about. This time of the year they are not as full other years. They were fuller a month ago, and the water level has slowly been dropping. These ponds are groundwater fed, meaning the water level in the ponds are as high as the groundwater and we've had a dry month and a half. Groundwater levels usually rise in the winter and reach their highest level around the middle of February. All trees are dormant at this time and throughout the winter. There is little transpiration from plants and the evaporation is at its lowest as well. By early April the groundwater levels and the levels in the ponds start dropping and the ponds dry up completely by mid to late June. By that time the water level has dropped almost 6 feet.
|Examining a pine tree that must have snapped during a recent storm this past Sunday. This was on the trail.|
|A piece of broken off bark covered with lichen that I found lying on the forest floor. I just loved the color contrast between the bright green and the leaves. I want to bet it was knocked off by a woodpecker of some kind.|
Try it yourself, get out. It is not scary out there; if you have not done it in a while, start in small doses or just go for a walk in your neighborhood and observe people's yards, the plants, trees and birds. Take it all in. Cure your Nature Deficit Disorder!
|Just standing still and looking up in the woods is nice!|