|Asherwood preserve straddles Asher Creek.|
|One of three ponds found at Asherwood. This is called "Frog Pond." While here I was serenaded by the deep, throaty croak of several bullfrogs. Although I saw none, I know I was being watched.|
|Red Tailed Hawk. |
Nickname: Chicken hawk. They received this nickname after being blamed for taking poultry farmers' chickens, although they rarely prey on standard sized chickens.
|Like this amazing pattern of dappled shadow and light in a sandy stream bed.|
|And these teeny-tiny, perfectly shaped leaves.|
|Or the combination of reflected colors and shapes of the sky and tree, combined with the dappling of shadow and light in this small water pool.|
I also became aware of an abundance of different textures present in my surroundings. As an art teacher, I teach about two categories of texture: tactile (or actual) texture that you can sense with your hands when you feel it. And visual texture that you can sense with your eyes when you see it. The forest is filled with tactile textures that I attempted to capture with my camera and translate into visual texture.
|Submerged old leaves covered with duck weed at Frog Pond.|
|Wild Gooseberries. |
In spite of those spiky barbs, wild gooseberries are, indeed, edible.
You must cook them first to soften those spikes.
|A cluster of ginkgo leaves. |
The Ginkgo is a living fossil. Fossilized plants recognizably related to the modern
Ginkgo date back as far as the Permian period, 270 million years ago!
|I love the layers of texture in this photo:|
the large rock plates on the left, the rippling stream in the center,
and the patch of pebbly stones on the right.
|Peeling bark of the American Sycamore tree.|
I think it looks a bit like camouflage, don't you?
|Yellow Sweet Clover.|
I began my hike a bit miffed at my offspring for straying from our planned hiking day. However, in retrospect, I am grateful for the opportunity to experience nature free from distractions, in peace and quiet, and at my own pace. I WILL be doing this again!