I saw two wild hares, a large black bear, a kingfisher, stellar jays, ravens, fish of all sizes, small red squirrels, dancing dragonflies, and a large female hummingbird who flew right up to me and sweetie’s faces for a minute as if to say hello (or possibly to warn of the deer flies who ate us alive a few moments later…). I found a collection of berries believed to be the food of local forest spirits: Twinberry (aka raven’s food or monster’s food), the three-striped berries of False Solomon’s Seal used for magic, a blue “wolfberry” from the Queen’s Cup lily, two ripening choke cherries, and one Baneberry. There was also plenty of Devil’s Club full of poisonous berries covered in spider webs.
I carved Elder wood and he caught up on Pagan podcasts and a little ancient literature. One evening we sat by Birkenhead Lake long after all the other people and their dogs left and noticed how all the flies and mosquitoes gathered around the surface of the lake and how the fish took advantage of this jumping to the surface to eat the insects with the dragonflies following close behind. Then the osprey and kingfishers took also advantage and caught and ate the fish.
And then it was time to go home.