Is it okay to start out the new year with a tad bit of negativity? I hope so, because in the last couple of weeks, we've watched the goings-on behind our house and neither Romie nor I are all that happy about it.
There is a farm field between our property and the creek and this field drains into the creek when it rains. There are many trees, shrubs, and plants lining the ditch bank all along the creek on both sides. Or at least there used to be.
On the west side of this ditch (our side of it), there has been an ongoing removal of the growth all along the length of it, to the eastern end of the field.
While I understand some of the logic behind it (to keep the drainage pathways clear), I'm disappointed that there will no longer be the close-by natural habitat for wildlife that we enjoy throughout the year. This will force some of it to find shelter elsewhere - likely in the woods that are some distance away.
|Summer Azure, August 2007|
I can't help but remember the numerous times we've walked along the creek and marveled at the number of butterflies that love what grows there as much as we do.
In time, there will be trees, shrubs, native grasses, and wildflowers once again, but we'll miss them until they return. It's funny how you become so used to the little things that are the landscape of your life and bring enjoyment in such small ways. Always in a state of change - that's normal - but sometimes we wish it wasn't.
Maybe this would be a good time to do some guerrilla gardening. If some wildflower seeds just happened to fall along the creek banks, that wouldn't hurt anything, would it?