On Saturday 6/25/2022 a group from Save Greenbury Point joined Naturalist Jessy Oberright on the Bobwhite Trail behind Greenbury Point Nature Center to help with her Greenbury Point Biodiversity Project. For me, it was a fun and relaxing learning experience and my first time using the iNaturalist app. Jessy said our group was able to contribute 47 observations to iNaturalist, documenting 28 different species of plants and animals.
After our naturalist session, I went on to walk further inside the Greenbury Point Conservation Area to take more photos and enjoy the sunny morning. My slow and observational walk made me think of this John Muir quote:
I don’t like either the word [hike] or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not ‘hike!’ Do you know the origin of that word saunter? It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the middle ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going they would reply, ‘A la sainte terre’, ‘To the Holy Land.’ And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not ‘hike’ through them.
The collection of photos below are some for the iNaturalist project and then others from my leisurely saunter around Greenbury Point.