My Mountain Trail

The beginning

My Mountain Trail climbs one of the many ridges in Brecksville Reservation, providing vistas of the beautiful surrounding hills and valleys.  The deep forest and carpet of moss lends a feeling of a Tolkien fantasy to the experience.  You half expect a troll or elf to appear from behind a tree!

~ Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area Trail Guide Handbook, 2nd Edition

I first read that description of the My Mountain Trail several years ago when we were new to this area and just beginning to explore “the emerald necklace” of Greater Cleveland.  Since that time, the trail name has changed to the Salamander Trail and the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area is now the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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  1. greenness, especially of fresh, flourishing vegetation.
  2. green vegetation, especially grass or herbage.
  3. freshness in general; flourishing condition; vigor.

The long, almost-blogless, weekend was wonderful.  I did so many things that I don’t know where to start.  Perhaps the best place to start is with what I did not do.

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What I might be doing

It’s amazing how relieved I feel after posting yesterday.  Four days off!  Yay!

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Adaptation and transformation

Fruit possibilities

Change is not something that we should fear.  Rather, it is something that we should welcome.  For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.

~ Anonymous

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Reverie is not a mind vacuum.  It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul.

~ Gaston Bachelard

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Wind in the willows

The wind is raging here in the Bogs today.  Newly formed leaves, blossoms, and seeds are flying off the trees, along with a few branches.  The birds who try to fly are having a rough time of it.  Mother Nature is in a blustery mood.

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Empty Nest

I took a walk back in the woods today and found the empty nest that I’ve been photographing off and on for a year or more.  During the winter months the nest deteriorated, and no longer resembled a well-formed nest.  Just some mud and straw hanging in the niche of an old apple tree.  Sometime over the past few days, the nest has been repaired.  No one was home when I paid a visit late this afternoon and if it hadn’t been for the rebuilding, I would have thought it an empty nest as there were no other signs of occupancy.

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