Wildflowers & Wildlife
Sun filters onto the golden bronze Madrone trees. Along side the trail, wildflowers begin to spring forth. A red-tail hawk soars above. The forest air is filled with the harsh caws of scrub jays, the bubbly song of the robin, and the sharp cries of woodpeckers. Suddenly, we are aware of sharing the forest with buzzing bees covered in bands of yellow pollen, decorated beetles, butterflies, and songbirds. Sunbeams might flicker through the graceful oak trees onto a small herd of deer bedded down in the last of the winter’s leaves.
In the spring, wildflowers decorate the woods with a flurry of color, sizes and shapes … Shooting Stars, soft fuzzy Pussy Ears, Hounds’ Tongues wearing their little pearl necklaces, and dainty Fawn Lillies with spotted leaves like the baby deer of the forest.
Every day is a new show and a great reminder of nature nurturing our souls.
— Anonymous Jacksonville Trail User