Just love nature.
I do. Having lived in South Florida for most of my life, I have had the blessing of being so close to beaches, huge rivers, parks, and of course, the Savannah wetlands that I love best of all.
Up close. Very personal.
Our property fronts Savannah State Park, giving us a breathtaking view of a natural lake, with so much amazing wildlife around every day.
I commonly see Sandhill Cranes (love, love, love it when they take off and fly!), herons, turtles, armadillo, cardinals, eagles, fox, panthers, otter and of course, the occasional alligator coming to the surface of the lake.
And given all of that beauty around me, which is significant, I have always been so amazed at the tall, magnificent pine trees that act as a buffer between our backyard and the lake. You could say they are standing as sentries I suppose.
Yes, I like to think that way. A romantic dreamer that I am!
In the 15 years we’ve lived in our current home, I’ve seen 5 major hurricanes, I mean category 3 level, which is very destructive. And countless tropical storms and intense thunderstorms, which can be surprisingly even more damaging depending on their approach to land.
And those regal pine trees have been on this property before we were, perhaps they’ve been here for decades and decades, I can’t say for sure. But given their height, 50 feet or more I’m guessing, these trees have literally weathered high winds (which in our case has nothing behind us to block it) and are still standing with little or no signs of wear and tear.
Well, not literally. Though it doesn’t sound too bad! I can’t easily access the pines since we put up a bulkhead wall between our backyard and the beach area of the lake, but I do sit on a deck that is nestled right in the middle of my glorious pines, and you could say I bond with nature pretty much every day.
I have learned a lot about life from my pines, especially in the last few years, and believe that they teach a valuable lesson: when stormy weather comes you should bend, go with the flow, and you’ll be able to get through it without breaking.
Just a bit of wisdom I’m imparting on all of you today!
Next time – I’ll be sharing my wedding gown choices so far,
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