27 April 2009

and we went exploring

this afternoon, we decided for all three of us to visit creek park again, but to explore the second part of the park that breaks off from the first half. walking through the horse trail in a residential area was nice (avoiding the horse droppings of course) especially when we saw two girls walking their horse with two dogs. as the came nearer we realize only one was a dog, the other was a fat black goat, just following like a dog would but would run with his head down as if to head butt someone. we loved it!

i told nat to bring along a green bag, in case she found some rocks, leaves, pine cones or such that she would like to keep. here she inspects some leaves and i love the interest she has in them. 

a delicate web lies above, if you look closely, you can see it.

we finally came to the part of the park before the underpass where i was completely thrilled to see it unmanicured and wild. i wanted to spend so much time here, exploring and taking pictures. my heart soared as i told rick that this is exactly what i've been needing. to break from the suburbia monotony and just be in nature, even if it is a small spot regulated to a park within a city. 

'The day I see a leaf is a marvel of a day.' - Kenneth Patton

i was taking pictures and had wandered off a bit. nat and rick caught up to me and he showed me that i was standing by something really cool. i had no idea, and when i turned around i was in so much glee to find a few milk thistle. it later occured to me, that nat, standing in the picture above, was reflecting the milk thistle plant, at least with the colors she was wearing.

'A weed is no more than a flower in disguise.' - James Russell Lowell

afterwards, we found a nice little haven of branches and twigs that reminded me of when i was young and would find myself spending time under the trees of our backyard. i would crawl underneath and would sit next to the earth and roots, and just play make-believe or read.

'Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.' - John Muir

another intricate webbing. hopefully, one day, i will get a really good camera and you can see these details more clearly. 

once we came home i found that i had a little package from my friend kathleen. it was filled with four wonderful napkins that she had embroidered coo-coo clocks on. so nice! i love them so much all in all, what a great way to start the week...


Jeanneoli said...

What a beautiful place to explore...those are the best days!

pomegranates said...

they really are, thank you!

Violet Folklore said...

Mmm, beautiful post. What a wonderful respite.
Those thistles are so gorgeous! And the twiney twisty branches are absolutely magical!
I love the quotes you put throughout :-)