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It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over
Recently I spoke of my Big Woods SNAs (i.e. Scientific & Natural Area) project in the past tense, stating that I thought I was done with this project. But then the spring rains came and the pull of the trail tugged at me again. I've hiked around seven miles at the Wood-Rill SNA in the last few days, with camera in hand.
The spring ephemeral wild flowers have started blooming this week. I've seen marsh marigolds, wood anemones and false rue anemones. The air smells verdant as the rains trigger renewed growth.
Prior to my retirement from the corporate world, I'd typically only get out into the Big Woods during summer and fall. Spring and winter were lost seasons. Since retirement I've been making a concerted effort to get out hiking throughout the entire year. Spring is the season that I've most enjoyed discovering in the Big Woods. I never knew of all these wild flowers. Once the forest canopy fills in there isn't enough sunlight for much of anything to grow at the forest floor, so the spring ephemerals make hay while the sun is shining on them.
Today as I was hiking I thought to myself that I'll likely never really be done with my Minnesota Big Woods SNAs project. I'm not really trying to accomplish anything with this project other than celebrate God's creation. I had told myself that perhaps it was time to move on and start a new project. Granted, it might be time to start a new project, but that doesn't mean that my current project needs to wind down. I still love getting out hiking in the Big Woods, and if I'm hiking, I'm photographing. The two just go together for me.
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