I don’t know about the rest of you folks in the Bull City, but I am glad that spring has arrived. It’s one of my favorite seasons.
Yes, part of the reason that I love spring (and summer) is because of all the outdoor festivals like Bimbe, Juneteenth, Festival for the Eno, and in neighboring cities festivals like Artsplosure, Shakori Hills, and Carrboro Day.
But, the real reason I love spring is because this is the time when you can really enjoy our wildlife. And, no, I am not talking about the wild life that you might see on Ninth Street, Rigsbee, or Main. Though that can be fun to observe as well.
I am talking about the fact that sometimes in the midst of all our busy lives, we truly don’t take the time to just relax and inhale and enjoy what’s around us.
Sometimes it’s fun just to walk around your neighborhood and observe the birds and squirrels playing and yes, sometimes courting. Who knows? You might see a turtle, deer or rabbit if you look carefully enough.
We all have our stresses and responsibilities in life. We know that we have to go to work and pay our bills to survive, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate what’s around us.
And, we are very blessed in the Triangle to have a lot of places where we can enjoy nature on a regular basis.
Have you ever taken a bicycle ride or strolled down the American Tobacco Trail. Or maybe you haven’t been to Duke Gardens yet. It’s got to be one of the most peaceful places in the Triangle, a great place to go meditate or to take a date.
And, of course, if you don’t want to travel overseas to see one of the most exotic animals in the world, Durham is fortunate enough to have the Duke Lemur Center, tucked right off old Erwin Road.
And, of course, another great place to enjoy nature – from barnyard animals to black bears – is the Museum of Life and Science.
Too often the only time we seem to pay attention to our natural world is when it jumps into traffic or, sadly, when we notice a carcass on the side of the road. What a shame!
While Durham is my home now, I spent many years growing up in a little rural town called Warrenton near the Virginia border and I can tell you that it was great having not just dogs and cats, but also rabbits, a goat, and other critters as pets and going out and catching a fireflies and maybe even an occasional crayfish in a creek.
Sometimes, I wonder if young people today even know what great discoveries await them in the wild, or if have they become so obsessed with their computer games whether they even get outdoors anymore. I hope that’s not the case. I have two nephews, and if there is one thing I can say about both my brother and my Dad (their granddad), it’s that they are constantly showing these two young men wonderful things in nature, and I truly hope there are a lot of other parents that are doing the same.
Hopefully, this spring and summer, I will see some of you out and about. Come to think of it, I’m due for another hike on the Eno trail. Maybe I’ll see you there.
You can reach Marc Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org