The images provided are beautiful. Annie Dillard’s quote at the very end is appropriate. It tells us to sense more deeply and richly what we often take for granted or see fleetingly in a moment. When we ask why it is beautiful the extraordinary takes a place in our heart as more than something in a local landscape we pass by each day.
English plantain (Plantago lanceolata) pollen has been found in sites in Norway that date to the early Neolithic period, so it has been around for a very long time. It was introduced into North America from Europe and loves it here. It is a favorite of many butterflies, songbirds, and animals, and is pretty when it flowers like the one in the photo.
Last year I was walking through a forest clearing and almost stepped on a turtle. This year I did the same thing in almost the same spot and wondered if it was the same turtle. Last year it was spotless and looked as if it had come from the local Buff ‘N Shine and, as you can see in the photo, this one looked the same.
This snapping turtle was also very clean and I almost stepped on it as well. Luckily I caught some…
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