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TreehuggerGreetings from the Hoffman Haven, where weeds and wildflowers are welcome…

Where little critters may scurry about, finding good things to eat, and nice places to sleep. Where rainwater gathers for sipping and bathing, where walkways meander in and out of cool shading. Where sunshine is plenty and the nectar is sweet, providing gainful employment for butterflies and bees.

Hi, I’m Brenda, Tree-Hugger extraordinaire.

It all started out innocently enough. We moved in to this home on an acre in rural North Central Texas in late 2007. I immediately went to work obediently mowing and weed-eating almost everything that was alive and growing beautifully and peacefully.

In the winter of 2009/2010 we received a great deal of precipitation. In March I began to dutifully mow everything down that was growing tall. But I found that I couldn’t mow it all down because there were pretty wildflowers growing abundantly in several places.

I decided to leave untouched all the pretty flowers and put off mowing in those areas. As the gorgeous wild things continued to grow, I saw that they attracted many insects and butterflies. Then I got a really radical thought: what if I don’t go along with society’s idea of eradicating all the native plants in order to replace them with grass and store-bought ornamentals?

What if I let it all grow? What if I only cut pathways in order to walk through my new natural, wild botanical garden? So that’s what I began doing and the results were magnificent!

With all the wildlife that began inhabiting and feeding from my plot of nature’s garden, I began to wonder who all these creatures were and what were the plants that they were hanging out with and feeding on. Who were all these pretty flowers? What were their names?

Sometimes I could see little tiny flowers and bugs, but I couldn’t see them well enough to see what they really looked like.

I’ve never been much of a picture-taker and didn’t have a camera. I know some cameras can zoom in. I decided I would like a camera, and one that zooms. I happened to get an iPhone and saw that it could zoom. Didn’t work well. Finally, with ecstatic joy, I got a dSLR camera with multiple lenses. Now I could magnify the tiny things and zoom in on the far away things (usually birds).

Now I was capable of capturing photos of, examining, and researching/identifying all the living things that I was sharing an acre of land with.

So that’s what this blog is about. Sharing with anyone who’s interested, not only all the living things that exist on my one-acre property, but to demonstrate just how many living beings rely on the same acre of land for their sustenance and habitation.

At one point I realized just how much damage people unknowingly do when they cut everything down, especially when coupled with periodic poisonings with pesticides and herbicides.

It’s been nearly 2 years now since I began appreciating nature, all of it, not just in the national parks, but right outside my door.

It is my hope that this blog brings viewing enjoyment, a little education, helpful resources, and inspiration to appreciate nature just as it is, with the understanding that we can peacefully and joyfully co-habit all the land with Earth’s beloved non-human creatures.

 

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