It was a most­ly cloudy day, and it had just rained. The spring wild­flow­ers were pop­ping up every­where and I want­ed to get out and see some. Knowing there was a high prob­a­bil­i­ty I would get rained on, I tucked a rain jack­et into my pack before fol­low­ing a creek­side path. I was pleased to see sev­er­al species of native wild­flow­ers in just a short dis­tance; rue anemone, Dutchman’s breech­es, wood­land phlox, trout lily, rag­wort, and sev­er­al others.

The sycamore trees along the creek are beau­ti­ful in their own right with their mot­tled and con­trasty gray-brown and white bark. Some of them are quite large and have exposed twisty, knot­ty roots that are scrubbed by water, rock, and sand when the creek floods. Undoubtedly, some of these trees have with­stood hun­dreds of floods. Growing among the exposed roots of one of these trees were Virginia blue­bells. I lin­gered at this spot for almost an hour enjoy­ing the soli­tude and the sound of the creek.

Creekside Respite
“Creekside Respite” by Wes Moody (Click to enlarge)

  • Wes Moody

    Wes is a retired engi­neer. He and his wife live in rur­al Clark County with their dog and cat. He is a nature and land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy enthu­si­ast, and also enjoys hik­ing and play­ing djembe.