New red maple leaves slowly open on a small tree. Although these red maples are a symbol of Canada, in nature, we usually associate them with the fall season, not the summer. On a warm morning in July, they stand out in bright contrast to the cool green foliage surrounding them in the forest.
Similarly, red elderberries are easy to see against the backdrop of green. There are lots of them this year for the birds to enjoy. It’s unusual to see such a deep red in the woods in the summertime. Even more unusual to see it in the salt marsh…
In the dawn’s early light, this bright red poppy stands waiting to greet the sun. Why are poppies growing on this section of the trail between the Bald Eagle and Canada Goose Bridges? Could this be a clue?
It’s easy to forget what’s important as we go about our busy lives. Regardless of the season, Nature remembers, even if we don’t.
For more on our connection with poppies see The Earth Remembers.
Captain Jefferson Francis’ memorial page at Military Mom at Home.
Text and photographs copyright Amy-Lynn Bell 2012