Mother Nature has dandruff!


It was breezy on my walk this morning and it seemed that Mother Nature had given her head a mighty shake and the result was a zillion little dots, which littered the sidewalks and covered my head and shoulders while I walked along. These were, of course, the elm seeds which were literally flying through the air and landing in little drifts and piles everywhere. At Council Point Park the “elm dandruff” continued and every walker that passed me was likewise covered in tiny seeds. In fact, we laughed amongst ourselves about all the tree lint that was airborne these days, necessitating brushing off at the back door before entering the house. We also commiserated over the muggy morning and I told them that we Michiganders are malcontents when it comes to the weather. Those pesky little elm seeds are a pain wherever they land. Over the years they’ve lodged themselves into mulch or ornamental rock, and without a speck of soil, they’ve grown into hardy saplings. Take a look at these two elm trees in the above photo. They are close to the banks of the Ecorse Creek and grow on one of the bends along the Park perimeter path. One tree grew straight and tall and the other is healthy but twisted over on its side. Nature sure is funny sometimes.

About lindasschaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, and this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for over three decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, although I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too.
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