The World Around Me
Sue Sherrill shares her love of native flora and fauna.
I have been walking in my neighborhood a good bit during this time of sheltering in place, and sometimes it is noticeably quiet and peaceful (if the leaf blowers and lawn mowers are taking a break). The sky is a clear blue, and the traffic hum a distant roar if at all. All the birds singing seem to be expressing their joy.
I have also enjoyed my landscape more. This time of year I hear the frogs croaking in the pond. They seem to enjoy being heard but not seen as they leap into the water anytime I move, startling me and making me jump.
I have seen dragonflies as well, insects of which I am particularly fond, as they are a resurrection symbol to me in their metamorphosis. One of God’s creatures of which I am not fond is mosquitoes, although they seem to be very fond of me. For a couple of years I had my yard sprayed with a chrysanthemum derivative to hinder them. I thought it was safe because it was labeled “natural.” When I learned it also kills dragonflies, bees, and butterflies, I had to stop, so now I either use a preventive spray, keep a fan going, or both.
I enjoy having a lot of native plants and trees around that are adapted to our area. They are hardier, need less water, and less likely to need fertilizers and special care, plus they support our local insects, which feed the birds and contribute to the complex web of life the Creator has given us for our tending and care.
May we all find restoration during this challenging period, by spending time in God’s Creation!
Rhododendron, Rhododendron catawbiense Crossvine, Bignonia capreolata Tree, Chionanthus virginicus Copper Iris, Iris fulva
Rhododendron, Rhododendron catawbiense
Crossvine, Bignonia capreolata
Tree, Chionanthus virginicus
Copper Iris, Iris fulva