From a whisper to a roar the forest, refreshed after a long winter, wakes up.
Nine months has passed. Below follow how the September sun moves out of frame in October. October, she's the line, the change, the balance (the Libra if you're into astrology), she moves the season along with vigor leaving November to greet us with crisp leaves, crisp breeze, and an appreciation for the scale of the trees in the forest. December, January, February, each bring their subtle changes but also remind us to be still and calm, stop looking (for flowers, plants, animals) they won't be found, be still. March hints at warmth, the sun moves back into view, the first blades of the spring beauties emerge from under the leaf litter. April from afar looks much the same, this is a trick, look closer, closer, much closer, oh yes, the earliest of the spring wildflowers have started to emerge; blooms of coltsfoot, spring beauty, leaves of wood anemone and the 'shark fins' of the trout lily are now found all over. April, 6 months after October's big show, will not be out competed, the wildflowers start and grow and multiply until the beauty of the forest floor is a blanket of new growth so stunning it will bring you to tears (maybe that's just me). Now we are at May, the early spring ephemerals have mostly all bloomed and faded and now the leaves come out, diffusing the light, dappling everything. Now we grow into a new world, new but one we know well.
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.