One day, I’ll have a trash bag overflowing with litter collected along my route. The next day, they’ll see me hunched over the overgrown grassy shoulder, camera in hand, searching for flowering weeds. Days later, they shake their heads as they watch me dig up a few plants or gather seeds.
When asked, I tell them I’m on a quest to make life better for the creatures we share this world with. I explain about the decline in native habitats and the insects that rely on them.
“I’m simply doing what I can to help restore the balance, and my work must be completed before the roadsides are bush-hogged, destroying the native flora.”
Even though these folks have spent most of their lives in the great outdoors, they’ve never paid that much attention to bees, butterflies, beetles, bats, and birds that rely on having a litter-free habitat with lots of flowering trees, shrubs, and plants to call home. I hope that with their newly acquired knowledge, the farmers will refrain from tossing out empty water bottles, cut back on pesticides, and have more respect for Mother Nature.
My intention with this blog is the same - to spread the word. No creature, whether it has two, four, six, eight, or no legs, should ever be homeless. Every living being deserves the basics of food, water, and shelter. By saving the native flowering plants, I can do a little something toward providing the food and shelter these creatures need.
Follow my adventure as I explore the countryside looking for weird and wonderful flowers, trees, and shrubs and the bugs, birds, and other critters that evolved with them. It's fascinating how such insignificant-looking plants can make such a big difference.
Through the Lens of a Nature Lover will share my journey as I discover, photograph, and learn about the plants no one ever notices.
I promise, you will not be bored.