Monday, June 21, 2010

From tiny sprouts...

Farmer lilies (as these are called locally) are particularly profuse this year, or so it seems to me. I can’t travel 100 yards down any road without finding a clump of 50-100 bright orange blooms. So many wildflowers are small and delicate. Not so with farmer lilies. Large, robust and spectacular are words better suited for these beauties. I can’t get enough of them!

I should also report that my first session of Adventure Camp went well last week. We were hardly properly started down the trail before a small garter snake was caught and held by about a dozen 9-year-olds. When we were done and turned the 10-inch snake loose, it disappeared instantly. I have never seen a snake vanish so completely and so quickly, never to be seen by another group all day. That little thing was getting the heck out of Dodge!

The other groups found toads and frogs, ate the first of the still-ripening black raspberries, tasted sassafras and looked for interesting fungus and ferns. They all seemed to enjoy the walk and the things we found in the woods. That’s pretty much all I have time for on our little treks. I want them to experience the woods and have fun, hoping that is enough to make them want to return to a forest on some other day and explore whatever they see. It’s only a small seed I try to plant, but I hope at least a few of them will take hold and sprout.


Woodswalker said...

Lovely lilies! Up here in NY we call them Day Lilies, because each bloom lasts but a day. Thanks for taking the kids to the woods. So few children go outside to play any more, I'm afraid the next generation will not care enough about nature to protect it.

Carolyn H said...

Woodswalker: It's just about my worst nightmare that the next or next generation will muck up the natural world even worse than this one has.

Carolyn h.

Cathy said...

The poor garter snake traumatize for life ;-) At least the walk went well. And with these kids, one never knows how they are going turn out.

I don't have day lilies up here, the deer must love them

Carolyn H said...

Cathy: That poor little snake sure did seem as though it was terrified of the giant 9-year old humans who were handling it.

Carolyn H.