Glenda Denniston - guardian steward for the Big Oak trail for many years - if only Glenda would take time to step back and enjoy and rest for an hour or so. But that wouldn't be Glenda. Here she is, with two knees replaced by metal joints within the last three months, cutting and hauling large garbs of honeysuckle branches from the overgrown areas she has cleared down to the trail. How can she do it, you ask? Determination? No pain, no gain?
A reward for Glenda and all of us is 'Shooting Star Hill' in plain view, another multi-year planting project started with Kathie Dwelle years ago. And then another surprise. Glenda reported today that when she was looking at her photos she discovered a "deer with distinctive scars on its side .... at the top of Shooting Star Hill. It must have been watching me all the time I was working there, but I didn’t see it. Only noticed it in the background of this photo before I cropped it," Let's all hope that deer doesn't like the taste of shooting stars. And be sure to attend Glenda's field trip of spring flowers on Big Oak Trail on May 8, when the Shooting Stars will be in full bloom.
Gisela Kutzbach and contributors