Sunday, September 11, 2016

September 11, 2016

This week I took a walk along the shores of Lake Wicwas with a couple of good friends, and it was remarkable how differently everyone sees the same world.  On a path I have traveled many times, they both noticed things I have passed right by.  An example:  this wonderfully intertwined tree:
Tree knitting, found by Rosie P.  Photo by P.C.

Somehow it managed to bend over sideways, then back around and wrap itself right through the branches of another tree.  And there it is, right along a trail I walk regularly, and I never saw it.

Here's another:
"Baby Bear"      Photo by Rosalie P.
A great rock formation that was aptly named "Baby Bear" by the person who discovered it.

Careful eyes (not mine) also caught a nice Wood Frog sitting well camouflaged in a small depression near the trail.
A wood frog enjoys some late summer warmth.   Photo by P.C.

And how many times have I looked at the common pickerel weed growing in the lake and forgotten to appreciate just how beautiful it is.
Pickerel Weed blooming on the shoreline.   Photo by P.C.

Dragon flies are a ubiquitous sight throughout the summer - we all see them everywhere around the lake.  But to capture the special feel of these delicate insects, intertwined in a different manner, and well assimilated with the late summer foliage is something special.
Dragonfly pair.  Photo by P.C.

Everyone is unique, everyone has their own eye to the world around us.  It is a joy to spend time with people and learn what they see, beauty that I might overlook.  Take a walk with someone you know and see what new things you find!  I look forward to future walks - or paddles - or snow shoe trips - with all of you! 
A new perspective on sun showers over Lake Wicwas.   Photo by P.C.

Post Script:  For those of you following the loons on Wicwas this summer, our long-term pair is still on the lake - I got a glimpse of the bands on the female this week.  Our single loon is still here as well, but I haven't seen the second pair lately.
One green and one red-and-white striped band on our female loon

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