Still true after all these years!!!
It is a place where giant dragonflies keep you company as they buzz over the waters.
It is a place where the turtles say hello from the trunks of the fallen trees in the middle of the water.It is a place where turtles swim in the waters with most of their bodies submerged and heads above the water – where they quickly dive beneath the surface when they sense that you are looking at them.
It is a place where butterflies stay still enough that you can get close to them to take their pictures.It is a place where the butterflies play with your shoelaces when they think you are not looking.
It is a place where the green heron hides behind the branches of the tree that has fallen over the canal, and moves around as you approach, trying to make sure that you cannot get a clear picture of it.It is a place where the large great blue heron takes off overhead from a spot just near you, and you did not even realize that the bird was there.
It is the place where the startled deer swims across the canal when it notices your approach.
It is the place where the geese hiss at you when you pass them and their little ones.
It is the place where you can say hello to the folks and get a smile in response.
It is the place where canoes glide silently over the waters as the folks who are rowing chatter amongst themselves and navigate around the trees that have fallen into the waters that happen to block their way.It is the place where little children stagger aimlessly on their tiny feet across the trail while their guardians try get them to move in a general forward direction.
It is the place where the grand old river rushes noisily over the rocks, and where the cormorants perch on the branches of the fallen trees in the middle of the river.It is the place where squirrels, and bluebirds and cardinals show you the way on the trail.
It is my magical wonderland, and if I am lucky, I get to visit it for a few hours every once in a while.