Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Reunion in the woods


After more than a year of near isolation, this week I was finally able to travel to Ann Arbor to visit my Aunt. We used to get together regularly, to attend concerts and theater, to walk in gardens or around her neighborhood. But since February of 2020 we’ve only connected on the phone.

Backlit may apple blossom hiding under the leaves.

But we’re both fully vacinated and when the CDC lifted some restrictions we both felt comfortable meeting for a walk through the woods.

I’m not sure what this plant is. It was tall, with small leaves on the flower stem, but larger leaves at the ground.

She said she’s been walking at a metropark and that the dogwood was gorgeous this year. I hadn’t noticed dogwood in my woods yet so I was excited to see it for myself.

The yellow flowers were beautiful around this bench.

It was a Monday, when most people were working, so we had the woods to ourselves. The sun was shining, and it was warm enough to take off the sweatshirt early in our walk.

Happy little violets were tucked away everywhere.

We had such a lovely time, chatting and bringing each other up to date on things we’d been doing during the pandemic year.

Little vignettes like this were easy to find.

The woods glowed for us, with trillium….

Not the sweeping waves of trillium of last week, but elegant in it’s own way.

…and wild geranium….

Such a simple shape, but so pretty.

…and even several jack in the pulpit plants!

A clump of 4, two facing each way.

But it was the dogwood that stole the show. It was everywhere toward the end of our walk. I loved the shapes…

A hint of color, but a distinctive shape in silhouette.

I loved the color.

I loved the optimism that dogwood provides, proof summer is on the way.

Dogwood lined the bike path.

Everything in the woods that day made me smile, but what made me smile the most was finally spending time with my Aunt. That’s priceless.

Into the woods.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

32 thoughts on “Reunion in the woods

  1. Wonderful that you could meet your aunt in such a place of beauty. I hope you have many more meetings to come.


  2. The silhouette of the dogwoods is beautiful. So glad you were able to meet with your aunt again–it must have felt wonderful!


  3. Dogwood was the perfect flower to highlight for the reunion!
    Try the “Picture This” app, or something similar for plant identification. It’s’s helpful.


  4. I can’t wait to see my parents, they won’t be vaccinated until July in Canada. it’s been over 2 years since I’ve been able to travel to see them. i love your reunion!


  5. So glad you got to visit! It feels good to be gradually re-engaging. 🙂


  6. Glad you were able to see your aunt 🙂 The photos form the woods look great.


  7. I’m so glad you got to spend some time with your aunt, and to take such a lovely walk. Dogwood is one of my favorites. I wonder if it would grow here. I’ll have to check that out.


  8. Yay, something positive to be said about getting fully vaccinated! Lovely that you two got together amid such beauty. I don’t think I’ve seen Wild Geranium before, but it’s gorgeous — and yes, Dogwoods have such a delicate shape and color!


  9. BEAUTIFUL photos and reunion!!


  10. So happy for you that you got to have a visit! I think your yellow flower is Golden Ragwort Or Gold en Groundsel. Lovely photos! 🙂


  11. I’m so happy for your reunion with your aunt, and I’m delighted by your flowers. I thought your yellow ones were a groundsel, so I took a photo of your photo with my Picture This app, and that’s exactly what it said: Golden ragwort, a species of Packera, that’s also known as golden groundsel, or Packera aurea. How about that?


  12. I’m SMILING too!! The dogwoods are so BEAUTIFUL. All you photos are as I’m smiling at all the pretty flowers. So happy you finally got to enjoy time with your aunt! ❤️


  13. So glad you had your reunion! Beautiful way to spend it together too.


  14. What a precious day! The dogwood IS lovely, but the mayapple steals my heart. So glad you had time in the beautiful spring outdoors with your aunt, Dawn.


  15. I love the new energy that seems to be here–the relative freedom AND being able to spend time with loved ones. Glad you enjoyed this walk (and the beautiful wild plants and flowers) with your aunt.


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