Sunday was one of those days I needed to be in Nature. I went for a hike in our backwoods. Not having had rain for quite awhile, I wanted to see if any wildflowers had bloomed yet.
Natural sculpture. Wonderful, inspirational shapes.
At first, I had to look hard among the leaves and pine needles for hints of green. Gradually, I began to see buds and then bloomed flowers. Spring is emerging!
Further up the trail, I hiked a little cross-county, and came upon a different find.
Decided not to stay too long here...
Even the decaying plants are beautiful.
And the lichen.
On the way back down, I visited the "gnome tree." Imagination creates all kinds of stories about this tree.
Nature always puts life in perspective for me. How fortunate I am to be able to hike like this in my own backyard! I came back with renewed energy and smiling spirit. The special smell of spring is in the air. And rain is coming, which means mushrooms for dyeing, and more wildflowers. I'll be back up soon...