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I am a mother, a teacher, and a nature lover. I grew up on a mountain we called Owls' Knob in the Ozarks of Arkansas. The first seven years of my life were spent living in a log cabin, far from a store or streetlight, without electricity or running water and after twenty years of travel, I returned to the abondoned homestead. Now I live on a hill by a small lake and work at a public garden. These are stories about nature written from a women deeply influenced by place.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Flowers are Blooming

Flowers are blooming all over the Ozarks.

Red buds
 On the trees...
Sassafras Flower
 Among the stones and ledges...
 On the forest floor...
Hepatica and Spring Beauties
 Along moist creeks...
 Or marshy bogs...
Jacob's Ladder
 And dry mountain tops.
Cleft Phlox
 Some are delicate and unique...
Dutchman's Breeches
 While other's are common, yet beautiful...
Bird's Foot Violets
 And a few are found only in the Ozarks.
Ozark Wake Robin (an endemic trillium)
 So hurry... go outside!
But remember to stop
And smell the flowers!

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