Sometimes I find myself frustrated in my new suburban neighborhood at the lack of nature. I get this feeling as though my neighborhood is like that city in the Lorax where everything is fake. Fake lawns, fake trees….everything is fake, fake, fake. When I see a butterfly or if I’m lucky a frog it is a great reassurance that I am indeed among living things – things of nature. So it has been a great comfort to me to find a few spots around our town where nature abounds. Not to be dramatic but I physically feel so much better in these places and I know it is good for me – mind, body and soul.
I was at one of these spots today when I spotted several different types of wildflowers. I have fun looking these up with my kids and having them help me identify them. I love learning their names. They usually have some interesting ones and these were no exception. This one above is called Snow on the Prairie. This one sounds like it would make a great paint color name. I wonder if that is how they come up with those names?
I also spotted this unusual flower called Purple Pineapple. I guess sometimes they just call it like they see it.
There was also this small purple flower that was really pretty but I couldn’t find it in our book.
So at times there might be things about my new neighborhood that I find frustrating, but fortunately Mother Nature is in town and she knows how to dress.