Literally. Ten steps.
I did not have to pack my nature notebook. I did not fill my water bottle.
I did not need to find my keys or the energy for the journey to a place where I can see God's creatures.
|great golden digger wasp|
I took ten steps out my back door to where my pond,
overgrown with water lilies and filled with frogs, stands.
Every year I tear mounds of the invasive hydrilla out of the water
and pull up tons of mint that throws runners over everything.
|mud dauber wasp|
But the mint that does grow back blooms and when it blooms,
everyone wants some.
Yesterday I took ten steps from my house, stood still
and watched nature come to me.
|metallic green bee 'Agapostemon'|
Nine different species that were kind enough to pose for a photo.
And this was not even looking in the pond or counting what landed on the other plants. I stood there for a good thirty minutes hardly noticing the heat of the unclouded sun. I did notice it when my shadow obscured my view and disturbed
Plant something that brings nature to your door step.
Or at least within ten steps of it.