Last week I enjoyed a solitary walk through Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center and Reserve near Kirkwood, Missouri. All was fairly quiet. A gentle, cool breeze swept through the bare tree branches and rattled the brown leaves still clinging to a few stubborn oaks and maples. Leaf litter decorates the entire forest floor; it crackles as I step through it. While the day is still cool (mid 40’s), the Sun’s energy, like the breeze, sweeps past the trees and warms me as I walk.
All is quiet. But I can feel the change in season coming. Some trees are beginning to show their plump buds, ready to spring into action. In just a few weeks, I can imagine the wonderful bluebells (Mertensia virginica –previous post) and wood sorrel (Oxalis violacea – previous post) emerging again and filling the brown forest floor with brilliant color.
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