This past Sunday afternoon was the perfect day for a walk in the woods with my family. As cold as it has been my expectations were not great that we would see a whole lot of spring color. However, I was pleasantly surprised that the color came in many forms, shapes. and hues.
Our first lesson was pointed out by my daughter when she noticed a mass of chartreuse green hanging from an otherwise barren tree. this turned out to be a honeysuckle vine holding on to the leaves it had from last fall. This was very eye-catching because of the stark difference between its display and everything else in its surroundings. The trees all wore fine coats of grays, blacks, and brown hues. The many textures of the bark provided an ever-changing show no matter the size or perspective of the person. Sometimes the perspective is better the lower you are to the ground as was evident from the many "What's this Daddy?" I received from my 5 year old throughout the walk. His unique perspective allowed him to quickly pick up the colors and flowers that weren't as readily visible to myself. We discovered stark whites in the large shelf mushrooms, Bloodroot flowers, and Twinleaf. Green hues were in great abundance with the many mosses, the emerging Bluebell foliage, and the unique unfolding of the Buckeye leaves.
My oldest son loves nature and all it has to offer but on this day his hunt was to discover the perfect place to read the next of a long line of books and to let nature happen around him. He must of pointed out twenty places where he could recline and read.
For two hours we walked and talked about the complexities and simplicities of an awakening spring forest. With our heads down, (not to look at a screen) trying to one up the other on the next colorful find and to keep from trampling Mother Natures carpet we enjoyed a day of beauty and togetherness. Get out to the woodlands and enjoy the beautiful show that Mother will be unveiling all season long in a slow and steady cadence, much like the "What's this Daddy?" that I heard on our walk.