Tuesday marked the official three year milestone for Through The Woods! What an incredible three years it has been.
I've taken this morning to reflect and revisit the past three years worth of posts, projects, inspirations... I am blown away, not by my writing or photography, but by the journey it (this blog) has taken me on. I have made some really incredible friends (yep, you reading this), have helped out on great projects volunteering my time and energy, and have learned so much - identifying plants and whatnot, yes, but more than that, there's the connection with the Earth, feeling the hum in a field of tall grasses, knowing the seasons will come and go and come back again, the birds will be standing guard at the bog, singing loud whenever someone comes and disturbs their space...
Often I furrow my brow trying to figure out how I can make a living doing this, how to earn a living with nature, in nature... maybe that's not my path... maybe I've been missing the point that through this I have become so incredibly rich - in knowledge, in friends, in priceless experiences. I am humbled and honored that you, dear reader, have joined me on this journey, I am so grateful. Thank you.
What will the next three years look like? It's hard to say for certain. But if I'm able to maintain this blog, learning, sharing, and experiencing the natural world as I have been, I will be so incredibly grateful, I hope you'll join me.
I have taken a few screenshots for a sort of 'highlights reel', showing some of my favorite projects and things from the past three years. Starting with the post that started it all - all about the jewelweed.
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.