Feeling blessed that I can walk out my door and behind my neighbor’s home to enjoy all the beauty that nature has to offer. I am a tree hugger who touches the bark of trees whenever possible. There are so many discoveries in the woods and I so am grateful to have this opportunity.
Reflections of trees in the water amaze me and as you can see from the photo above. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between a reflection and the real thing in a photo. In this part of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, there are wooden steps along the path in one area and a wooden bridge in another. As you can see, the fallen leaves of autumn continue to blanket the ground.
On Sunday, we spotted two cranes perched on a log in the water. As we drew in for a closer look, they moved to quickly for us to capture a photo. As they flew off, we heard a noise across the water and turned to witness a turkey fly up and out of sight into a tree where it too hid from view of the camera. The noise of the turkey scared several deer. We caught a glimpse of their white tails bobbing up and down through the trees ahead of us.
I would love to share that it was quiet and peaceful in the woods however the noise of the cars, trains and airplanes can sometimes drown out the sounds of nature. Although near the beautiful preserve, my home is also located within a short distance of two major highways, an airport, railroad tracks, and a landfill. It amazes me that this little piece of heaven exists here in the midst of the busy world. I feel fortunate to have this preserve filled with wildlife so close to my home because it reminds me of the importance of preserving nature for future generations. On this hike through the woods, I noticed trash, beer bottles, and soda bottles strewn along the path. The next time I shall bring a garbage bag to clear the clutter and do my part in preserving nature.
If you have a local area in nature that you love is there something you can do to help preserve it? What about the road side near your home, can you adopt an area and keep it clean of trash, graffiti, or other destruction? Let’s work together and take steps this week to make our world a better place for ourselves and future generations. It doesn’t take a lot of time or effort. If you see litter on the ground pick it up and put it in the trash. If you have trash in your car, don’t throw it out the window, place it in the garbage. Teach your children and grandchildren the importance of the natural environment so they will grow to respect it. We can take responsibility for the environment and the animals that we share this world with.
Love and Light,