What I Saw When Walking in the Woods at Chucalissa –	
  	
  
	
  
Robert Connolly
I	
  am	
  taking	
  a	
  nature	
  course	
  in	
  a	
  few	
  weeks,	
  cause	
  all	
  I	
  know	
  is	
  that	
  these...
Solomon’s	
  Seal,	
  or	
  so	
  sayeth	
  the	
  sign,	
  in	
  our	
  herb	
  garden.	
  
Urban	
  garden	
  that	
  is	
  planted,	
  maintained,	
  and	
  harvested	
  by	
  members	
  of	
  the	
  Westwood	
  ...
Three	
  Sisters	
  garden	
  ready	
  for	
  planFng.	
  	
  On	
  April	
  19th	
  as	
  part	
  of	
  our	
  Earth	
  D...
Trail	
  head	
  that	
  lead’s	
  into	
  our	
  arboretum	
  and	
  plant	
  sanctuary.	
  	
  This	
  always	
  reminds...
I	
  like	
  the	
  tangle	
  of	
  branches,	
  greens	
  and	
  purples	
  looking	
  through	
  an	
  excavaFon	
  tren...
I	
  asked	
  Jeremy	
  from	
  our	
  last	
  AmeriCorps	
  Team	
  if	
  he	
  could	
  build	
  some	
  sort	
  of	
  w...
The	
  AmeriCorps	
  Team	
  built	
  this	
  rain	
  shelter	
  (designed	
  by	
  Allison)	
  as	
  a	
  place	
  to	
  ...
The	
  next	
  few	
  images	
  are	
  from	
  my	
  favorite	
  parts	
  of	
  the	
  forest	
  –	
  what	
  I	
  call	
 ...
Mayapple	
  –	
  which	
  grows	
  in	
  abundance	
  throughout	
  the	
  forest	
  
A Walk in the Woods at Chucalissa, April 2014
A Walk in the Woods at Chucalissa, April 2014
A Walk in the Woods at Chucalissa, April 2014
A Walk in the Woods at Chucalissa, April 2014
A Walk in the Woods at Chucalissa, April 2014
A Walk in the Woods at Chucalissa, April 2014
A Walk in the Woods at Chucalissa, April 2014
A Walk in the Woods at Chucalissa, April 2014
A Walk in the Woods at Chucalissa, April 2014
A Walk in the Woods at Chucalissa, April 2014
A Walk in the Woods at Chucalissa, April 2014
A Walk in the Woods at Chucalissa, April 2014
A Walk in the Woods at Chucalissa, April 2014
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A Walk in the Woods at Chucalissa, April 2014

  1. 1. What I Saw When Walking in the Woods at Chucalissa –       Robert Connolly
  2. 2. I  am  taking  a  nature  course  in  a  few  weeks,  cause  all  I  know  is  that  these  are  purple  flowers  in  some   privet  (and  I  am  color-­‐blind,  no  less).  
  3. 3. Solomon’s  Seal,  or  so  sayeth  the  sign,  in  our  herb  garden.  
  4. 4. Urban  garden  that  is  planted,  maintained,  and  harvested  by  members  of  the  Westwood  Neighborhood   AssociaFon.  
  5. 5. Three  Sisters  garden  ready  for  planFng.    On  April  19th  as  part  of  our  Earth  Day  event,  families  are   invited  to  make  a  hill  and  plant,  then  maintain  and  harvest  their  own  hill  of  Three  Sisters  (corn,  beans,   and  squash)  in  the  style  of  the  NaFve  Americans  during  the  prehistoric  era.      
  6. 6. Trail  head  that  lead’s  into  our  arboretum  and  plant  sanctuary.    This  always  reminds  me  of  the  first   Fme  I  pulled  onto  the  Natchez  Trace  going  north  from  Natchez  Mississippi.    It  was  an  incredibly  hot   day  with  lots  of  traffic  congesFon.    HiSng  the  Trace  was  like  going  down  the  Yellow  Brick  Road  to  Oz.  
  7. 7. I  like  the  tangle  of  branches,  greens  and  purples  looking  through  an  excavaFon  trench  in  a  residenFal   area  dug  by  the  University  of  Tennessee  in  the  early  1940s.  
  8. 8. I  asked  Jeremy  from  our  last  AmeriCorps  Team  if  he  could  build  some  sort  of  wriFng  desk  away  from  the   trail  and  behind  a  big  tree.    I  had  in  mind  to  put  a  typewriter  in  the  desk,  assuming  it  would  last  a  few   weeks  before  rusFng  out.    I  like  the  playfulness  and  creaFvity  that  the  desk  invites.  
  9. 9. The  AmeriCorps  Team  built  this  rain  shelter  (designed  by  Allison)  as  a  place  to  get  out  of  the  rain  or   just  to  sit  and  think.  
  10. 10. The  next  few  images  are  from  my  favorite  parts  of  the  forest  –  what  I  call  grapevines  and  their  magical   swirls  and  loops  among  the  verFcal  trunks  and  the  green.      
  11. 11. Mayapple  –  which  grows  in  abundance  throughout  the  forest  

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