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Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Mysteries of the White Moth

  It’s not what we know that ultimately matters, but what we hunger to understand. Whatever fuels our curiosity lights our path, perhaps like moonbeams, or moth wings.  Could it be that our personal evolution is sparked more by moments of wonder and the journey that such “wonder-lust” leads us on, than by moments of […]

Life and Death on the Bent Twig Trail

Typically when we think of Spring, we think of new life . . . after all, the woods, fields, creeks and our own backyards are bustling and buzzing with the sights and sounds of this annual stirring. This is certainly true on the Bent Twig trail where I heard the shy ovenbirds loudly chant their […]

Vanishing Acts: Kentucky Trees of Concern – Dogwood

What is your favorite native flowering tree? If you said flowering dogwood, you aren’t alone. Flowering dogwoods, Cornus florida are favored by many people, as well as wildlife – providing beauty and ecological value to our landscapes. Flowering dogwood trees owe their showy beauty to special modified leaves known as bracts. These large white bracts surround the button-sized cluster […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Stories that Restore

“To restore any place, we must begin to re-story it, to make it the lesson of our legends, festivals, and seasonal rites. Story is the way we encode deep-seated values within our culture” Gary Paul Nabhan. In last week’s post, I delighted in some of the spring wildflowers that are blooming on the Bent Twig trail, […]

Vanishing Acts: Kentucky Trees of Concern – Black Walnut

I owe my love for collecting wild edibles in part to my family’s tradition for riding down country roads in autumn  looking for the tale-tell pockmarked stains of black walnut on the payment. We’d park on the side of the road, hop out of the car, carrying buckets and wearing gloves, since the outer hulls will […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: The Flora Rewards of Restoration

Restorations of natural areas provides many rewards. Invasive species, such as winter creeper, Euonymus fortunei, and various species of exotic honeysuckle Lonicera sp. take their toll on the health and natural diversity of a landscape by crowding out native species: species that have complex ecological relationships that evolved over eons. But thanks to the hard work […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Bloodroot Unearthed

When we take the time to learn  the stories hidden in plants, we find tales of ecology, mythology, history, and mystery. We find stories that root us to the land; stories that help us feel connected to the earth. Last week I shared an ecological story hidden in the relationship between bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis and […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Beautiful Bloodroot

Easter weekend was indeed a celebration of new life on the Bent Twig Trail and elsewhere.  Wildflower enthusiasts, naturalists, and hikers were rewarded by the bright presence of clusters of moon white bloodroot blossoms shining up from the forest floor. Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis, has long been a favorite of mine, partially because it’s an early bloomer, […]