Eastern Garter Snake ( Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis )

Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis)

We went looking for faith
On the forest floor
And it showed up everywhere.
In the sun and the water
And the falling leaves,
The falling leaves of time.
— Neil Young, "You're My Girl"

We’ve been busy. On Friday we made time to take a walk in the woods. We returned to a place that at one time, we frequented almost weekly. Bellaire Woods. On this day the place felt a bit foreign to me. I’ve become such a homebody, being on a trail and following spray-painted trail marks felt odd. And, unnatural.

The once mysterious flora and fauna of the woods - now reside in our own backyard.

The rue anemone growing alongside the path, the Solomon’s seal, the may-apples and jacks-in-the-pulpit…grow in our woodland garden. Millipedes, spiders, beetles and toads, they reside in our backyard, too. We created our own Paradise.

I hear people talk about humankind killing the Earth. Humans are arrogant…long, long after the last homo sapiens walk this earth, there will be the sun, the water, the falling leaves. ♥

Jessica Allen explores the fields and forests of Pennsylvania with her artist-husband, Michael Allen, and their son, Benjamin. She shares her observations through words and pictures of everyday magic and beauty she sees in her world.