In college my leaning was toward zoology over botany. Identifying plants just didn’t do it for me. I’ve regretted it ever since, but back then I was 20-something and had opinions about what I thought was important.
Here at Goose Lake my ancient need to be around animals is constantly rewarded. In addition to birds — from tiny hummingbirds, wrens, and finches to bald eagles, turkey buzzards, and geese — and creatures of land and water — opossums, raccoons, foxes, deer, groundhogs, beaver, muskrats — there is a never ending supply of insects — from irritating midges to magnificent dragonflies and butterflies.
My sense of peace is renewed almost hourly. My certainty that this is my soul home is bone deep.
But back to plants. How I wish, now, I had paid more attention when I was in Dr. Laura Bond’s botany classes! Yesterday all I had to do was turn to my left and snap this coleus in bloom a foot from my elbow. I hope it’s not too late to make amends to the plants. They are very cool!