December 21st. Winter Solstice. Midwinter. The shortest day of the year. The longest night. The first day of winter. No matter how you define it, it has arrived. I made a quick stop at Greenfield Park in West Allis today. The lack of snow and ice evident. Skies of gray overhead. No breeze to speak of. The lagoon was still, mirroring the sky above and the trees and pavilion surrounding it. It was beautifully striking. I stopped and took the photo above. It does not do it justice. Even so, it got me thinking.
I don't have much opportunity to travel far at this point in my life, though the desire is there. But for now, appreciating nearby nature is my priority. And my pleasure. It helps me to understand that our local green spaces serve great purpose. To me, to my community, to the wildlife community that depends on it. These spaces are just as important as state and national parks. We depend on them. And, in kind, they depend on us, too.
A nature lover, bird watcher, wildlife fan, amateur photographer, humane gardener, traveler, and singer of songs. I've been keeping closer to home these days, and truly discovering the beauty that lies in TheParkNextDoor.