Well, not me but the leaves are, the season is and another season is on its way. I am a big believer of pausing and embracing the natural beauty that surrounds me. I was prompted to take a walk and see what beauty lies in District Heights that might perhaps go unnoticed. When I took my walk, I fell in Love with District Heights all over again. To be perfectly honest, I decided to walk because the cars behind me were not appreciative of me stopping to take picture after picture, after picture. I was in awe of the beauty that is in and around this community.
I started in my own backyard…as the leaf color was on parade and refused to go unnoticed.
Aminia by my side, she hunted for acorns, as I looked forward and upwards to take in the palette of reds, yellows, greens and browns. I am still wondering why the acorns have not shown their crunchy existence now for about three years……must be a no production cycle….always learning something new in nature…(sometimes nature is cyclical..)
The pansies around the clock tower look quite perky and speaks to The Garden Coalition caring about the beautification of our community.
The poison ivy seductively says “come hither” with the most beautiful leaves of three one could ever see. Don’t touch it though…..if you are allergic to it……it will still make you itch and perhaps blister.
Let’s also not forget the hairy vine – found in abundance climbing the trees along the banks of the creek on District Heights Parkway. While intriguing, leave it alone or it can make our life quite interesting!!!!! (That’s English Ivy along side it….don’t be fooled)
English ivy….climbing up trees and with seed….not a good thing. English ivy needs to be pruned every year to keep it under control It is one of the most used groundcover in America…but has gotten out of hand. Usually if it has gone long enough, by growing vertically, it will set seed, multiply and begin to suffocate other native plant material surrounding it. If you walk along District Heights Parkway and notice our collection of vines that are not all good – Clematis terniflora, poison ivy, porcelain vine, grapevine, Euonymus (also fruiting and ready to spread), honeysuckle and oriental bittersweet, you would be amazed at the busyness of nature.
Clematis terniflora…..loves to get super happy in nature.. here, there and everywhere.
By walking in our community, one will also notice the natural ledges and patches of moss creatively gracing the banks and rocks alongside the waterway. It speaks to peace and natural beauty. Imagine if the vines were actually controlled, so that the other natives which are being suppressed, could be seen again. In the Spring, you would be amazed at the colonies of May apple that grace the edge of this woods line as well as the viburnum – which are now in their autumn splendor.
The subtle beauty of this wooded area also speaks to sometimes leaving things a little undone. I have seen beneficial insects, as well as wildlife in the spring as they awaken, having found secret protected spots to feed, procreate and survive over the winter. It is absolutely amazing. An ecosystem in my community that sometimes in our busyness, goes unnoticed.
I am one who believes in engaging my community. Do you have a photo of an awesome tree, shrub or borrowed view that speaks to you in District Heights??? or elsewhere?? Please post it in this blog and share it. I am sharing a few more photos of glowing trees, borrowed views and things that just make you want to go outside and embrace the beauty that surrounds you. We have so much here……so much at our fingertips.
Communing with nature is always a good thing. Get outside, embrace the beauty that surrounds you and make time to enjoy life. I love my road trips……but sometimes beauty is right under our own noses……………….
Looking forward to leaf sharing with you, as I wander off to find the perfect leaf or leaves….before it leaves District Heights…..and before I go on another road trip!!