I went out for a walk the other day.
It was raining, drops settled on my face and the leaves around.
The purple flowers are in full force - wild geranium, phlox, waterleaf, even the invasive dames rocket.
Ferns have unfurled, strong but delicate.
Soon we'll be seeing white blooms - sweet cicely, corn salad, mayapple, white baneberry -
and begin moving from the woods out to the prairie where the foxglove will lead the pack of summer blooms.
I didn't realize just how being cooped up indoors had affected me until I was out standing in the woods, in the rain, smiling like a fool.
Do you know the sound on windows computers when there is an error, the short 'dun' sound where you can't continue or do anything and often have to do a forced restart (Here's a youtube of the sound)? That's how things have been going, I've been trying on a number of "different hats" and nothing has been right.
But then I was there, in the woods, the vibration of the Earth humming all around me, and I knew I was exactly where I needed to be and what I needed to do.
I am working out all the fine details but soon I will be launching something very exciting, something to help people connect with nature - it doesn't matter if you live in a big city or in a rural community, there is always something to be discovered, let me be your guide.
Below are photos taken on the rainy hike of my epiphany. Enjoy and stay tuned!
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.