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The Bent Twig Trail: Snowy Woods

Snow makes the woods more lovely. This week the Bent Twig Trail is touched by the extra blanket of loveliness. Certainly the snow added a cleanliness to the landscape. Piling on the the wooden bridges and draping the downed trees in light, the snow conceals the litter of leaves on the forest floor and the […]

Volunteer Naturalist Orientation Reschuduled

The Bernheim Volunteer Naturalists Orientation has been rescheduled for  Saturday, January 30,  1- 3 p.m. in the Education Center. Please rsvp at wren@bernheim.org if interested. Thank you! The general volunteer orientation has also been rescheduled to Saturday, January 30, 10 a.m. – noon.  RSVP to alandon@bernheim.org.

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: The Heart of Winter

The Heart of  Winter  by Wren Smith The heart of winter beats beneath my frozen feet and beneath the crunching earth. It beats beneath my hearing, beneath my seeing.  The heart of winter beats in the sleeping wooly bears. In their curved coats of black and brown  down in crevices under the logs, like banned question marks. The […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Wood Ears

There’s nothing like coming in from the cold to a warm bowl of soup! For me this is especially true if the steaming broth belongs to bowl of hot and sour soup – one balanced with heat and tang and chock-full of wood ear mushrooms! I was away from Bernheim when we received a lovely light layer […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Listening to Alternative Music

Silence is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable aspects of hiking in wild places. But finding moments where silence occupies, or at least quiets the everyday cacophony of our lives can be challenging.  During this week’s hike of the Bent Twig Trail I found a few quiet moments as I perched on a log […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Woodland Ornaments

Walks in the woods can be gifts that keep on giving.  I often find clues in one season that help me make discoveries in another. For instance, just a few months ago I came across this low growing vine with heart shaped leaves, most of which were arranged in several whorls of three around the […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Season’s Greetings

Regardless of the season, Christmas ferns (Polystichum arotichoides) are a gift of green. Aptly named with their stocking shaped pinnae (leaf like structures) that make up each frond. Christmas ferns brighten the forest floor with their perennial splash of color. Although visible at Bernheim year round, these ferns are particularly noticeable around the winter holidays when […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Imaginings

There’s something about the starkness of the winter landscape — the muted colors, the openness of the forest, the negative spaces created by the bare branches of trees that sets my imagination on a whirling dance. Maybe it’s because I’m a lover of greenness, and the lack of it makes my mind play games with […]