Lockerly never fails to educate me on a regular basis. Whether it be a new lesson in identifying plants and trees or a more philosophical lesson, I am continually humbled and thankful for the presence of this amazing place in my life.
With all the rain we've had lately, limbs have been dropping almost daily around Lockerly, especially along the Nature Trail. Last week, a very large limb came down. It tried to take out a small dogwood on its way down, and I admit to being annoyed and concerned when I saw the size of the limb. In showing it to staff, Greg noticed something very important that I had overlooked in my frustration. It was a glimpse into nature that is rarely seen.
Inside a hollowed portion of the limb, close to its base, was the remnants of a bee hive. The hive has long since been abandoned, but coming from a height of at least 15 feet, the chances of humans eyes ever seeing this hive were slim to none.
Greg and the grounds crew were careful to preserve the hive portion of the limb when they disposed of the limb and we will be putting it on display in the Woods Museum. I invite you to come see it on your next visit!
Lockerly teaches me every day to be patient, look beyond the frustration of a fallen limb and embrace the lessons we can learn from nature. I encourage everyone to step outside, at home or at Lockerly, to see what Mother Nature can teach you today.
Jennifer Pollard, Executive Director