A Walk In The Woods

Clear Creek Metro Park, about 40 miles southeast of our home in Columbus, is a different world. It is an area where the glaciers of the last ice age stopped their southward advance. It is a world of hills, deep ravines that quietly resonate with the gurgle of small spring streams, imposing hemlock and beech, and spring wildflowers that are hard to find closer to home. Birds, such as the secretive Veery, are different also. In this rugged landscape, undisturbed by the glacier’s advance, a hike feels like a journey back to an earlier time. In a world bathed in ambient noise, there is quiet mystery.

The Hocking River flows through the park.
Along the river we spot a not often seen Hooded warbler.
Solomon’s Seal, (Donna).

Fiddleheads
Early Saxifrage is a flower I had never seen before.
Large Flowered Trillium were in abundance.
After a long steep uphill, we stop to “look for birds.”
The delicate Rue Anemone, (Donna).
Chickweed, (Donna).
A partially leucistic Eastern Towhee was one of the few birds seen.
Very few fungi are as pretty as emergent Dryad’s Saddle, (Donna).
The very tiny flowers of Miterwort, (Donna).
It’s hard to include only one trillium picture.
Jack in the Pulpit
Jacobs Ladder
Veery
Foamflower

In a world that often wants to know why or seeks and demands explanation for much of what happens, weather in one’s own life or in the greater sphere, it’s a treasure to find that in the quiet beauty of a place no answer is required.

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