something to honk about
I’m feeling inspired today. Also, relaxed, grateful, thoughtful. Today feels like a good day to recall warm memories from the past and let them inspire thoughts, reflections, and actions for today.
So I am going to participate in my first blog challenge. I was reading Cee’s Photography blog. Her post today was Travel Theme: Forest. So I am going to jump right in and join the party.
My mom was a real plant enthusiast and she passed on this love of plants (and their names and traits) to me. One of her favorites was the mystical Trillium flower that grows in redwood forests. The flower has three petals, three little leaves supporting the petals, and three large primary leaves on the single stem. It is a symbol of magic and here is why: Trilliums bloom once a year, from the same plant, and they can live for around 15 years. When the flower is spent, the entire plant disappears, only to reappear and bloom again the next year from the same root. For this reason, we should never pick them, that could kill the whole plant. I always get a special thrill each Spring when they grow up among the needles and redwood sorrel on the forest floor. They always remind me of my mom. And I’ve happily taught my own two boys how precious and delicate they are, and the magic that they represent.
This is Sequoia Park redwood forest. It is one of the closest places to us to walk in the forest and our family has spent many, many hours there. It is a special forest sanctuary right in our town. In the Spring, magical Trillium flowers grow there.
This blog challenge is hosted by Where’s my backpack? (Great blog name – love it!) I recommend you check it out and maybe write a Travel Theme: Forest of your own. If you do, feel free to leave a link in the comments section below.