After getting back from Philadelphia, I wanted to get to the park, worried that the wildflowers might have bloomed without me.  But the combination of rain and coolness worked in my favor.  On Friday morning, I donned my Sperry duck boots and headed down the back trail.  It’s going to be a bad year for ticks, so I had tights on under my hiking pants and my socks up over the bottoms.  I have a healthy respect (and dislike) for ticks and their diseases.

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Besides all the spring green, there lay spread before me thousands, possibly millions, of wildflowers, many still waiting to bloom.  You can’t really get a feel from a photo of how many there are, as they’re not large and flashy.  But I’ll do the best I can.  Besides the flowers, there were wild onions, their delicate scent mouth-watering.

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Wildflowers nestled everywhere among other plants and dead leaves.   They, as people do, tend to cluster with like, although there are some exceptions.

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I walked slowly, keeping my eyes down, both to find flowers and to try to avoid the worst of the mud, although by the time I finished, my boots were well and truly caked.

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 To the right is the river.

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Finally I come to the masses of violets, so small yet so beautiful.

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I sat for a long time on a tree fallen across the trail, forest bathing.  Eventually I had to get up and finish my walk.  But later that day, I spent two hours helping with a park district clean-up, walking “my” path in the opposite direction, filling two bags with trash, a very satisfying experience.  At the other entrance, I regularly pick up trash on my own.

It seems we might get a lot of rain this week, but I’ll take the first chance to check on the status of the rest of those wildflowers.  Keeps me sane.  🙂

for Jo’s Monday Walk

  1. Su Leslie says:

    Good on for fir joining the clean-up. It’s such. Good thing to do, however much I wish it wasn’t necessary.

    • It give me great satisfaction, that’s for sure, but I wish it weren’t necessary either. Kids go out there and drink, leaving bottles and garbage. But it’s not just kids, unfortunately.

      • Su Leslie says:

        I really don’t understand how people can leave their trash behind. It is just totally anathema to me (and to you too obviously). And as you say, it’s not just kids. 😦

      • Our daughters asked me once why people left trash/litter. The only answer I could give was that they were lazy. I guess just not caring is similar.

  2. Sue says:

    Glad to hear you are ‘tick aware’, Janet,. and kudos for the clean-up

  3. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for picking up the trash. It’s a good thing to pitch in. I love the pictures – the world up here is waking up!

  4. marianallen says:

    “Forest bathing”–I LOVE IT! Great expression, and so right. I steer clear of the woods, once the ticks are out, but forest bathing is EXACTLY what it feels like, when I’m out hunting early spring mushrooms. It’s like there’s some vitamin in the woods you absorb through your spirit.

    • “Forest bathing” is an actual “thing” and so soothing. It’s definitely vitamins for my spirit. I refuse to give up on the woods the entire time the ticks are out, but I take as many precautions as possible! My husband says it’s supposed to be a bad year for ticks unfortunately. 😦

  5. Marvelous solitude for savoring nature.

  6. de Wets Wild says:

    Just look at all that life flourishing in the glow of spring!

  7. joey says:

    Well worth muddied boots! 😀

  8. restlessjo says:

    I hadn’t come across the expression ‘forest bathing’ either, Janet, but it’s so expressive and I can certainly see why you’d sit amongst all those violets, with the light filtering through. 🙂 🙂 Beautiful! Thanks for sharing and for being a good citizen. We try to do that too.

  9. Lignum Draco says:

    A lovely walk. I agree that being surrounded by forest is a soothing and healing experience, something to enjoy whenever possible.

    Ticks and mosquitoes should never be underestimated. Too many blood borne diseases.

    • Just being out in nature is such a good thing, but we always have to be aware of possible problems and dangers, such as ticks and mosquitoes. To do otherwise can literally be life-threatening or debilitating.

  10. Prior... says:

    ahhh – what a nice thing to imagine “forest bathing” and then helping with clean up
    and the photo are lovely (also smart to be mindful of tick prevention – and why are they supposed to be bad this year? Just curious )

  11. What a lovely walk, Janet. The mere mention of ticks makes me shudder. Well done on your help with the cleanup drive. I wish people wouldn’t litter. 🥵

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