You can learn more about this 20 min. a Day Exercise, and why I think the experience can provide interesting opportunities for Writing Prompts, in the Introductory Post, and then follow the link, at the end of each post, to the next chapter.
Question #8: What is the 1st tree to leaf out in your area in Spring.
Can you picture it, and describe it?
Quote to Ponder:
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
Saturday morning, and even before I arrive at my Sit Spot I am surounded by trees with a history as I ride my bike through Old Towne Orange, and the old residential neighborhood around it, and to the south, on my way to my destination.
There is a Diner/Drugstore, in Old Towne, called Watson's, that is the oldest continuously operated business in Orange County, and its food, servic and atmosphere, is outstanding.
One of the best ways to learn the answer to the Question of the Day, I suppose, would be to attend the Orange County Native Garden Tour – May 8, 2010, being promoted by the OC Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. ;-D
The list of plants, and trees that can be found in the OC is huge, and these folks have a great starter list that is amazing to someone not knowledgeable in such things, such as me. ;-D
The trees along just one small section of the Santiago Creek Trail, and in Hart Park, is a long one, but. ;-D
My online search turned up a fascinating document, from 1936, that is A list of the native trees of Orange County, California, and the OC Regional Park System is a great way to explore nature all season long, and I hope to check out whichever of these parks I can reach by bus, and bike.
As I sat at my Sit Spot it occurred to me that my Father would have understood, and appreciated the Proverb.
My Father was born in Macedonia, in what was once Yugoslavia, just a few miles fromn the Greek border.
In America, in the 50's, and 60's, he was a groundskeeper at Pitzer College, in Claremont, Ca.
He helped plant, and care for, many trees, flowers, and bushes, all over campus, and even all across the city as many campus officials sought out his skills over the years.
He tragically died in 1988, after 18 years of illness, but his work lives on in the beauty of a college campus, and a college town.