Storm Debris #1
Children learn by example, and one thing I learned from my mom was the simple pleasure of collecting lovely bits from nature. My sister and I helped her gather perfect pinecones on the forest floor, which she used to create beautiful wreaths at Christmas. In the autumn, I walked with her to the edge of our neighborhood where she could collect dried milkweed pods, yucca, and other plants for her dried floral arrangements.
So I began to gather similar items myself, delighting in petite little cones gathered underneath thriving spruce trees or larger ones that had fallen from ponderosas. As I’ve lived in different places, I’ve found different objects to collect: beach pebbles, sea glass, shells, sand dollars, acorns, autumn leaves, lichen-covered twigs, bits of driftwood, small chunks of quartz. They fill jars, shadow boxes, shoe boxes, and vases in our home.
Hurricane Ike blew down all sorts of beautiful pieces; I’ve been bringing them home after my walks this week and wanted to share them with you over the weeks ahead.
What do you collect?