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.
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.