Maybe it’s all the Kanye I’m listening to, but I got to believe that I’m living the good life. And, today was exceptional. I think I’ve decided that I’m ready for the country life (or at least small town). Because I don’t know if I could see all this in the concrete jungle: crazy caterpillars, bullfrogs, foxes, fireflies, and a big night sky full of stars.
First I came across a pipevine swallowtail caterpillar while working in the Asian Woods this afternoon. It was really startling - armored in a leathery coat with orange spots and devilish horns - and it lay kind of comatose on a bed of moss. Looking to the robust pipevine growing up a tree, I saw more of them, clinging to the undersides of the heart-shaped leaves. These particular caterpillars only feed this one type of vine (Aristolochia species), so I felt quite lucky to witness the feeding frenzy.
Later, I took an outdoor yoga class at Mt. Cuba, which was led by my friend Erin. We practiced our postures by the upper pond, where our soundtrack was a waterfall and an occasional crooning bullfrog. While reaching and balancing, I looked to the canopy of trees above me, and the clearing of sky in the middle. During twists, I gazed out on their trunks, some illuminated by the soft afternoon light, and others in shade. After the class, we guided ourselves on mini-tour, stopping along the meadow to see what was blooming. Pockets of saturated color dotted the lush green hillside, where Stokes asters, butterfly weed, oxeyes, liatris, and echinacea were in full bloom.
Driving back from Delaware later in the evening, a wily fox dashed jauntily in front of my car. And when I finally arrived home, the woods lit up with the sporadic greeting of a thousand fireflies. I looked up as if to ask how I could be so blessed, only to find a sky shining bright with the constellations I know so well.
Welcome to the good life!