January 1 at Dundee falls - Beach City Wildlife Area
As 2018 ended with much rain the waterfalls of the new year were full and flowing! If you are one for symbolism it is as if all the hard work you put in to last year will flow into the new year with grace and ease. The waterfall is symbolic of release of emotion, rejuvenation, and the renewal of spirit, it is thought to have cleansing powers. Scientifically speaking waterfalls work to turn positive ions (molecules that have lost one of more electron) into negative ions much like that of rain drops (charged by reactions in the clouds) - what this means can be quickly be misconstrued and manipulated into whatever you want it to say, so I won't, more research needs to be done to put a solid conclusion on this observation - reminder: negative ion bracelets are a scam.
Ah yes, there's that libra balance (haha).
The witch hazel bushes were still in bloom - appropriate as I have always found their flowers to remind me of streamers, party poppers, and the tinsel horns found this time of year.
While we didn't hike the entire trail to the other falls, we still spent a good hour and a half basking in the ions (haha) and breathing in the forest, rejuvenating, and cleansing the mind to prepare for 2019.
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Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who spends her time exploring and learning about the unique history and nature in North East Ohio. She lives with her husband and cat in Wooster where she is also a family portrait and nature photographer as well as grows and cans her own vegetables. When she's not doing that, yoga and embroidery (not at the same time) are other things she enjoys.