Something I like about the region in which I live are the many walking trails.
Recently, I followed one that led through:
meadows of goldenrod,
clumps of sunshine,
and a touch of thistle.
One side path led down to the lake,
while another invited me to a wetland area.
There was also a portion of the trail that danced through the woods,
and under a grove of sumac.
Lending a smile to the day was this creature, hardly part of the natural habitat, but happily hugging a white pine tree in the conservation area.
There was a lot to see and appreciate in under 2 hours.
I appreciate your visit, as does the purple tree-hugger.