In Edwin Way Teale’s book “A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm,” he writes of sitting in a brush pile. The book was written in 1974 and I read it in 2007. Since 2007 I have been thinking of trying to do the same experiment of making a brush pile with space inside to sit and observe nature around me.
I am not sure how old the idea of a “sit spot” has been around but I had heard about using a special spot to sit and observe years before and had done it almost every day for a few months. With all that as background, I decided during late winter this year to make a brush pile for my sit spot and to sit at least 10 minutes for starters on as many days as possible.
I started piling brush when there was still snow on the ground by picking up loose branches in the area near the west end of the property. Gradually the pile got larger and larger by only adding a few branches each day. I put the pile next to some deer trails with hopes of someday being in the pile as deer went by. No luck so far but then I have been going fairly late in the day and only spending 10 minutes so I am not expecting much yet. Sometime later I want to spend a few hours in the spot starting before sunrise. That should be more rewarding. Meanwhile, following are a few observations from the brush pile:
No records for the first two sits . . .
Sit 3: Mar. 30, 2017
Turkey just called
Duck calling from being disturbed 5 min ago at willows
From the Royal Botanical Gardens Arboretum Shrub Collection, here are two Witch Hazel cultivars. Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena' is the red-orange flowered shrub in the background with a close up photo of one flower inserted. Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida' is the pale yellow flowering shrub in the foreground. They are two of the thirteen Witch Hazel cultivars currently blooming in the arboretum.
Also from the Royal Botanical Gardens but from the wilder part of the Hendrie Valley, here is my annual photo of the early blooming Skunk Cabbage. I liked how the sunlight lit up the interior of the spathe on this specimen. The flowers are the little bits on the golfball sized part in the bottom middle of the spathe.
OK, the last photo is not of a "flower," but the lichens are getting ready to spread their spores, I think. Anyway, they are beautiful in their own way. Yes it is a close up of a very small part of a dead willow branch.