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The lilac branches are bowed under the weight of the flowers: blooming is hard, and the most important thing is - to bloom. - Yevgeny Zamyatin The scent of blooming lilacs on the breeze is a sweet  and welcome sign of Spring.  Lilacs blooms last only a week or two, reminding us to treasure the gifts of nature that surround us while they last.

"What in your life is calling you, When all the noise is silenced, The meetings adjourned... The lists laid aside, And the Wild Iris blooms By itself In the dark forest... What still pulls on your soul?" Rumi   The ephemeral beauty of a Wild Iris stays with us a long time after the blossoms have faded, reminding us to celebrate those gifts from nature that sing softly to our souls.

“It was dusk and the light had an ultra-violet quality to it, a final burst of pigmentation as night and day rushed at each other in a clash of colour prisms before darkness finnaly, inevitably won out.” ― Karen Swan   Twilight in Summer invites us out to savor the cooler temperatures, the flashes of lightning bugs and the sweet smell of blossoms on the breeze; a last hurrah before the night sky explodes with the brilliance of stars.

“We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.”– Dale Carnegie   The beauty and sweetness of roses is fleeting, but something we can savor and treasure while it lasts.

“Animals are born who they are, accept it, and that is that. They live with greater peace than people do.” – Gregory Maguire Throughout the ages, bears have been portrayed in folklore, spiritual traditions, stories and as symbols. "Considered by many wildlife biologists to be one of the most intelligent land animals of North America, bears possess the largest and most convoluted brains relative to their size of any land mammal. ... Zookeepers and animal trainers consider bears to be smarter than dogs." https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/arctic-bears-bear-intelligence/779/ We celebrate the cunning, strength and majesty of this magnificent animal and recognize it's critical role in a forest ecosystem.      

People probably have revered bears for as long as we have interacted with them. And while bear worship is not a part of most modern religions, it is natural for us--even those of us who have never seen a bear--to be awed by such magnificent and formidable creatures.Charles Fergus Throughout history, bears have been depicted by many different cultures and societies in stories, folklores, mythology, and legends from across the world.  We celebrate this fascinating creature and its crucial role in the natural ecosystems of our forests.

“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.”- John Muir Moose spend their lives amongst the beauty of the forests. If you've ever encountered a moose in the woods, you'd be amazed at how quietly and quickly they can maneuver.  When we spend time in the great outdoors, we return more at peace and refreshed from all of the turmoil associated with a modern world.

"Not all those who wander are lost." 🌿 J.R.R. Tolkien   An iconic symbol of the northern woods, the moose, despite its size, meanders gracefully through forests.  As a symbol, it represents grace, adaptation, energy, strength, and movement.

“Spring: a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be.” Anonymous Spring, in 2021, seems to be Mother Nature’s antidote to the past year trials and tribulations. After a year of economic worries, a pandemic, and social isolation, Spring this […]