The Resilience of Spring
These white May blooming beauties from Great Farm Brook Preserve in Jackson, Maine are wonderful examples of strong native plant communities covering the forest floor in the understory of mixed woodland. The rich leaf humus makes the ground friable and fertile. Friable, fertile, community; all words I associate with resilience.
This is not pristine landscape. Not too far away is a gravel pit which was used for many years as a unauthorized dump and a party spot on long summer nights. It has been stripped and abused by humans in the past and yet it returns. The stream that passes through the preserve is cool and shady with a gravelly bottom, perfect habitat for brook trout. The several vernal pools are unfathomable in their depth and the complexity of their biological diversity.
Every Spring when I might be having doubts about the future of our planet, I return to these places to be reminded of the necessity of allowing change, of the stubborness of evolution, of the conservancy of nature, of the fact that as long as there are the elements of life, there will be life.