My walk today took me off my normal path up a hill between the pine trees on a well-worn trail.
After I reached the top of the hill I saw a pile of cross-ties stacked on top of each other creating a barrier on the railroad track.
That’s when I looked over all the rubble and saw that the bridge going over the road fenced off, meaning no trains travel this extension of the tracks anymore.
Then, up ahead the railroad tracks split with one going to the left and the other to the right. I decided to follow the railroad track that lead to the left.
After I passed the bend I found an open field with a sign posted that read: ” Native Plant Habitat.” That’s when I ventured off the railroad track to look for the native plants.
Now, I find myself now among the wildflowers and the berries finding nature at her best.
A tall burgundy tipped plant, its name I do not know…
And, then it was time to end my one mile walk along the railroad tracks. It looks like it’s going to rain any minute so I better head back having made a full circle.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, July 5, 2013