Do you have a favorite season? Each are so unique and offer something special to us – the warm glow of summer, the orange and red hues of fall, the starkness of winter, and the newness of spring. It seems that whichever season we are in is my favorite. Now, as we find ourselves in midsummer, the desert is awash in yellows, pinks, blues and at least a dozen shades of sage.
There’s also something so inspiring about seeing the natural world around me burst through the soil, reaching for the sun and the vibrancy of life. There’s a vine in my yard that is blooming for the first time since we moved here, five years ago. I wonder what triggered it to grow its deep green leaves and bright orange flowers -and why now?
Our ESLT native plant demonstration garden has been filled with the laughter and delight of our Sunflower Kids – local third-graders get hands-on experience planting seeds, learning about worms and then nurturing the plants until they tower above them. Their joy is contagious and enlivens our work.
We, of course, hope that we are instilling something else in them – a little seed that at some point, when the conditions are right will bloom into a desire to become beacons of conservation leadership in the years to come.
I hope you are having a wonderful “whichever season it is”!
Kay Ogden, Executive Director