The Dignity of Experience March 24 2015

It is the season for fresh, ephemeral spring wildflowers to pop up all along the forest floor. They're glorious.

But have you seen a more dignified seed pod at the end of winter . . . holding its head high, standing tall in the midst of treachery: spider webs, sleet, snow, hail, and kangaroos*  trying to bring it down?

* Kangaroo swarms: A grave and under-appreciated winter risk in Illinois.