It was two days ago that I took my last walk, off the path, in the woods. I came back crawling with ticks and know that this time of year the woods belongs to them, not me.
I did bring the owl eggs, that I found in our barn, with me and left them at the roots of the giant Shag Bark Hickory that I always visit. I’m sure they’ll be long gone by the time I get back to the tree in the fall.
On my walk I came across this seed pod, that had fallen from a tree and was stuck on a strand of spider web. The way the wind was blowing it, circling around me, coming straight at me then jerking quickly away, it almost felt like it knew I was there, knew I was paying attention to it. Like it was teasing me.
The strength of the spider’s web astonished me. At one point I held the seeds in my hand, but the web didn’t lose it grip or break.
I will miss walking off the trail in the woods, but am so fortunate to have those trails to walk on.
One of the paths borders a swamp for a bit. It’s such a primal things, filled with peepers and skunk cabbage, ferns and mosses. The mosquitos aren’t out yet, so I was able to find a dry place to stand and appreciate it for a while.
The Skunk Cabbage are sprouting leaves and flowers. I got this photo of one today.
3 thoughts on “Walking In The Woods, Ticks and Skunk Cabbage”
The seed pod is hypnotic! So cool, thanks for sharing.
I’ve never seen one before Ro, from now on I’ll be looking for them.