According to the American Fern Society, ferns date back more than 300 million years, and there are thousands of different species of fern! Fossil evidence has been found of ferns in the Devonian Era, which was 345-395 million years ago. Check out more facts about these fascinating flora here: http://amerfernsoc.org/lernfrnl.html
Let me introduce you to the wild. In this circumstance, a look down at your feet and smile at the dirt around them. Pat your own back for bringing your hiking shoes and tying them tightly. Look ahead, there’s a chance you glimpse a hill that leans behind a stand of pine, dusted by viridian things yet unmarked this day you’re here. For each green you pass shapes anciently the steps of older growth. The shade on your head lets cool breath in your lungs. Remind yourself of the age this place has collected. Moss gathers at a confluence of root and shadow. Wood beetles rummage the beaver-downed bark, providing furry critters forest-colored a fetch of cover while they romp. At arm’s length the shade extends along the path, dappled where the sun drips from the canopy. Rippled where the quiet water licks the shore. Watch for turtles steeped in sunlight above the tea-green lake. Vigilance is rewarded with the magic flight of the heron along the shore, a magnificent show of speed and silence. At times the path and water run together abreast through pine and oak. Hope for the chestnut as it battles blight but studies itself in the clean reflection of the lake. Steer your ship along the lake and drift around inlets like a whisper. Listen as goldfinch and cardinal alike sing summer to its height. It is about you in this place, this wilderness. It is all about you at your feet and fingertips. Whether you are here to absorb the air, document the scenes, float on glass-calm water, or undo your stress beneath the arms of nature, it is here that you will understand this energy belongs to you. Step in, ask of nature, anything.
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