Posted by: Kate | March 2, 2009

The Nature Walk

Entering the forest from the road, there is a stillness that immediately envelopes you. The sound of rushing water quickly greets us as we start to walk the path along the river, the dog darting in to the edge of the water and bounding back out and down the trail ahead of us. The forest is lighter in the winter, amongst the tall conifers all the deciduous trees and shrubs have lost their leaves and are letting in the weak sunlight. Due to a recent snowfall that has only just melted, all the bracken ferns, usually standing three feet or more tall, are beaten down, forming lumps like green dumplings on the forest floor.

We hear and then spot an eagle just ahead. It is a juvenile bald eagle, in a tree about 15 feet up. He never looks at us, just keeps watch on the river. We are not noteworthy in his world. By the end of the walk we have spotted 6 more eagles, all adults, in the trees along the river. There are no more dead salmon, and no fish moving that we can see (the fisherman is watching), so we don’t know what the eagles are waiting for. Spring, perhaps?

The trail is muddy in spots and we jump across. There are small birds around, various songs competing for our attention. A flicker flies to a farther tree as we walk by his perch, flashing red from underneath his brown wings.

Conversations on a nature walk always are so interesting. Talk about bugs, and creatures, and living things. Whys and wherefores and many ifs.

By the time we return the dog is walking almost alongside us, the running and leaping and exploring done for another day. We emerge from the trail to our car, each of us a little calmer inside.


Responses

  1. The whys, wherefores and ifs are one of the best parts of walking with kids. Don’t you think.

  2. Beautifully written Kate! That first paragraph especially put me right into the forest.


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