“For children, nature comes in many forms. A newborn calf; a pet that lives and dies; a worn path through the woods; a fort nested in stinging nettles; a damp, mysterious edge of a vacant lot- whatever shape nature takes, it offers each child an older, larger world… nature does not steal time; it amplifies it.” -Richard Louv
for nearly 10 years i walked along the same state forest trail a few miles from our house- the trail that we still frequent to this day. in those 10 years i don't think i ever saw the woodland spring flowers. it wasn't until tanner started walking this trail with me, when i had to take the slower pace, that i discovered these woodland gems. for the past two springs i have been in awe when the spots of crimson and yellow begin to pop up among the brown forest floor.
it's amazing what you will find when you take the slower pace and view the world through new eyes.