Moss, litchen, stone walls & bark..... endless variations of natural textures and patterns
I found all of these patterns at our local Audubon center in Topsfield: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. The Audubon center is about a 15 min. drive from my house, close enough to head over for a short hike, but it feels like another land. There are trails with names like "South Esker" and "Drumlin" referring to land formations dating to the last ice age.
When my sons were younger we would hike to a bench situated on the South Esker trail- it has expansive views of the Great Wenham Swamp. We would sit there and pretend we were looking out at the grasslands of Africa, imagining wildebeest and giraffe grazing in the distance. Munching on trail mix and soaking in the outdoors with my two boys... that's what it's all about.
The Great Wenham Swamp is a scale of nature that's remarkable here in the North East, so close to Boston. Then there's the smaller scale of textures like moss and litchen. Moss thrives in our damp spring weather. So many shades of green and textures to the moss- I can't get enough of it...
Along that same South Esker trail, but in a wooded area, there is a tall tree (I can't remember what type of tree it is) that has a hollowed out portion of the trunk where it meets the ground. One time when my sons and I were hiking there, we spotted a toad inside the cave of this tree. What a treat! The excitement of seeing a toad in "Toad Hall"! Upon returning home the boys straight away made their own version of "Toad Hall" out of broken terra-cotta pots and sticks. I'm not certain that any little green friends ever settled down in the backyard "Toad Hall" but that's alright. Making the place (you see what I'm getting at now!) was the real fun.
Looking for a fun alternative to flowers for decorating a table?- try moss and vegetables
I took a little bit of moss from our backyard and put it in a tea cup to create a unique place setting. Try using Cress or Leeks in a vase for a garden theme decoration.
Do you have a favorite nature sanctuary where you live? We'd love to hear about it.
Now get outside!