Let your mind and soul be at ease. Don’t grasp and grab for the magic and miracles. When you reside in that place of stillness, the joy, miracles, and magic you’re seeking will find you.
~ Melodie Beattie
How was your weekend? Did you do anything exciting, or maybe not so exciting but still worth a mention?
M and I went for a long hike in the woods yesterday. We were doing some leaf peeping, but mostly we wanted to get out, explore, and enjoy the day.
I don’t know how M finds these places, but for yesterday’s hike he came up with Hickory Point Cypress Swamp. It’s located the next county over from us, and is the largest southern swamp area in the state of Maryland. Parts of it run alongside the Pocomoke River.
There are at least 14 rare, threatened, and endangered species to be found in this Natural Area (it’s not referred to as a park or a preserve, but a Natural Area). It’s also a nesting site for Bald Eagles.
Palamedes swallowtail butterflies, listed in Maryland as endangered, are usually found in these wetlands. The red bay shrub lives here, too, and it’s because of the red bay that the Palamedes can be found in this area. The red bay is a larval host plant for the Palamedes butterfly. The larvae of the Palamedes will only survive on plants in the laurel plant family such as the red bay.
I wish I’d thought to look for the red bay. I probably passed plenty of them. Hickory Point has the largest population of the endangered shrub. I was busy gaping in wonder at the beauty of the place to start identifying things. Maybe next time.
Hickory Point isn’t too difficult to find with good directions. There are no signs, and the only indication we’d found the right place was the gate we were instructed to park near when we got to the end of the dirt road. There was also a Nature Conservancy sign hidden up in one of the trees. I didn’t notice it until we were leaving.
They say the best way to explore Hickory Point is by kayak or canoe on the water trails. Kayaking, as I’ve mentioned before, is something I have not done yet. M and I have been canoeing several times, but kayaking seems like the best way to get around on the water trails here. As you might imagine if you’ve ever looked a map of the Eastern Shore (or the Delmarva Peninsula), there are plenty of water trails to be explored.
The cypress trees will be a motivating factor for me. I love them, and have read that the areas where they grow are best approached by water, meandering through the swamps and tidal areas. My goal is to be telling you all about our kayaking adventures by this time next year. Before this time next year would be even better.
I have more to show and tell, but it will have to wait. It’s time for me to get outside and do some mowing. I will be happy when mowing season is over. From the looks of things, that might not be too far off. We had a significant cool down last night. I saw hints of frost on the grass this morning.
Thank you for dropping in today, and joining me for a hike in the woods. Meet you out at the dock for sunset. It looks like it could be interesting with just enough clouds to carry light and color from the setting sun. Sunset is at 6:18 PM. You’ll need a jacket or sweatshirt. It’s not going to be quite as cold tonight as last night (50’s instead of 30’s).
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: The early morning light hitting the red, orange, and yellow leaves of the sweet gum trees; fog dancing over the lagoon; pumpkin soup for lunch; laughing at the antics of Izzy and Bella (the cats); the sweet coolness of an autumn day.