With travel limited due to COVID-19, I’m thankful to live near trails, watercourses and woodlands. A favorite destination is the Landsdown and Capoolong Creek trails which begin less than a mile from my house. They are places of delight, reminding me beauty is ever-present when you pause, eyes-wide, and take it all in.
Along Capoolong Creek the wildflowers and forsythia are in bloom; birds are returning in abundance; the skunk cabbage is spreading its leaves; and the peepers are singing. During a recent visit, Lynn Unger’s poem Pandemic came to mind. It went viral last week. If you haven’t read it, check it out. If you enjoy writers whose work will connect you to landscapes in new and special ways, consider Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek or perhaps a few selected quotes. Another favorite is David Hinton’s Hunger Mountain: A Field Guide to Mind and Landscape. And of course, there is always Mary Oliver.