From my cousin’s inspiration, I have been more mindful on small walks around our forested home and gardens. My regular readers have been enjoying the small discoveries of wild flowers, etc. But, sometimes, we step outside our usual route and can discover just as many wild things in unexpected places. We recently traveled to a family event. Upon returning via plane and Metro to collect our car, parked in front of a friend’s home in Alexandria, VA, I came upon the following wild flowers: Queen Anne’s Lace, chicory, horse nettle, clover, and fleabane, all growing among a bed of yellow day lillies.
Where was this display of wildness? On the embankment to the Amtrak Train line on Braddock Road. I doubt that anyone else, hustling to catch a train or get to work, noticed such wildness… though I did get some odd looks at having my camera out… I bet if I looked closer, I would find all manner of insects, and maybe even a reptile or rodent living among the plants (that means snakes and rats to Dr. Sue).