Tag Archives: Thoughts

An oak’s memories

Looking up from the trunk of a large oak tree with long thick branches reaching out at the top

I love looking at large, old trees. This beautiful oak tree in Vilas Park has to be 150-200 years old. When I see trees like this, I imagine scenes from days-gone-by the tree was a part of, and the memories it might have. If only it could speak…

Thanksgiving 2020

A fat squirrel standing next to a half eaten pumpkin

Like this rather plump squirrel I saw on a walk today, I ate Thanksgiving dinner alone (a first for me). But after a family video-chat and some phone calls, I realize I have much to be grateful for today, despite everything that 2020 has thrown at us. Happy Thanksgiving!

Pandemic plant?

plant with round spike covered blossoms growing on the end of each stem

I came across this plant while on a hike. I’m not sure what kind it is, but the blossoms that are growing on it reminded me of those coronavirus stock pictures they keep showing on the news. Even out in nature, my brain finds reminders of the pandemic. [eye-roll]

Update: One of my friends told me this plant is a Rattlesnake Master.

Emerging pussy willows

close up of pussy willows growing out of their pods

Since I’ve been working from home for almost two weeks now, I’m trying to get out of the house everyday. At the very least, that means a good walk around the neighborhood. When I was out today and saw these pussy willows in the process of emerging, I thought of them as a metaphor for our current situation.

Right now, most of us are in a social distancing “winter.” Someday that season will end, we will emerge from semi-isolation, and live our normal lives again. Until then, we have this pussy willow to help us remember it will not be forever.

A little autumn color for a dreary weekend

It’s been pretty dark and dreary in Madison for a while now. The lack of sunshine, and the fact that I haven’t spent much time out in nature lately has a definite affect on my psyche. As a small antidote, I was looking at some early autumn pictures I took recently, when clouds weren’t dominating the sky.

Backlit maple leaves in various stages of changing colors

The lesson that I need to get outside on a regular basis, no matter the weather, is not new. It’s funny though, how often I need to remind myself of it.