...and they all went marching...down...into the ground... to get out of the rain...
When people ask me what my blog's about, I usually stumble around to find a succinct phrase to describe it. It's not strictly a nature blog...poems show up...and who knows what else will come along in the future. My mumbling about philosophy and nature and stuff usually leaves my listener with a blank look on their face and they quickly change the subject.
A while ago I caught an episode of the CBC radio program "Under the Influence" - about the importance of having a good "elevator pitch" for your idea or product or business. I think I'll try pitching my blog as "it's like taking your mind for a walk" and see what kind of response I'll get.
My last walk started with bloodroot, a poppy native to North America. While researching this tiny spring flower, I came across a new, to me, term - myrmecochory, from the Greek: meaning circular dance.
Some Spring favourites...
Yes, this is an odd time to be posting pictures of spring flowers. I always find high summer a very difficult time to do any serious thinking or reading or writing. Especially with the heat wave we experienced. The list of excuses is long...my office gets too hot, the garden needs attention, it's a great day for a paddle, or bike-ride, or a nap in the bug tent, or a late night by the bonfire...etc, etc, etc. Then there's fall and all the garden stuff needs to be taken in and we went on a two week camping trip...more etc's.
To add to my distractions, in July, I took the Ontario Master Naturalist course at Lakehead University. This was an intense 8 days of lectures and field trips. (Yes, Bob, I haven't done my lichen report yet but it's in the to-do pile.) I'm still trying to process and integrate all the things I learned.
So for this first blog of the new year - I always think of the fall as a fresh start, all those years of school have made an imprint - I thought I'd leave you with a few of my favourite spring photos and a promise of more as I try to figure out how to use my new photography program...ouch!
I'm Elizabeth Pszczolko, a writer living in the woods outside Thunder Bay, Ontario. As a child, I used to keep scrapbooks of nature stuff - drawings, musings, poems. This is my grown up (I use the term loosely) version of those long lost works. For more on what inspires this blog, please see the About page.