by Elva Mae
Wandering through the woods I find,
Gives tranquility and peace of mind;
The branches of the fallen trees,
The startling hum of a tiny bee,
Crackling over the dried leaves,
Striding with a sense of ease,
Wondering why the trees so tall
Stepping carefully, so not to fall.
Looking at the bright sun’s rays
I sit down to enjoy the cool breeze
Watching the birds at play,
As the wind whispers through the trees,
The beauty of nature – rare.
Those times from which I would not dare
To come back to reality,
From feeling free … from liberty.
As children, from early morn to late sun down,
We worked, joyfully, happily,
Gathering wood for the fire
Too enchanted to even tire,
The birds sang our favorite songs
While we gathered berries.
“Where there are berries, there are thorns.”
We scampered, shouting here and there,
Romping, tumbling without a care.
Just now, it’s all so very clear,
The memories that I hold dear;
The wondrous joy of just being,
Of hearing, feeling, touching, seeing,
All the glory of God’s might,
To know the truest sense of the “the Light”;
When even time drew near,
We gathered up our sacks
Waving goodbye to the trees,
Knowing full well we would be back
Another day, to work, to play.
And now, to sit and think of the rarest of the rare,
That time and place,
That is now extinct, the woods!
While they are not listed as one of the seven wonders of the world, forests should be considered one of the world wonders because of their expanse, density, mystery and overall beauty.
In light of mysterious forests around the world, The Black Forest in Germany is believed to house a dragon. The Sequoias of the Red Wood Forest in California mysteriously grow up to 25′ in diameter and 350′ tall.
So with respect for the wonders of forests around the world, this article is an attempt to take a look at Louisiana forests and offer some insight into Elva Mae’s love for the woods of her home state, Louisiana.
Louisiana forests including both national state parks and private property covers about 48% of Louisiana’s land mass. Not only do these provide resources for the forest products industry, but they also “provide a multitude of other benefits, including clean air and water, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and scenic beauty. Click the following link to learn more: https://www.ldaf.state.la.us
To name a few …
Kisatchie National Forest has 604,000 acres to explore. Its recreational activities include: fishing, trails for running, hunting, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and canoeing.
Cane River Creole National Historic Park is 63 acres of dense hardwoods, bald-cypress, tupelo swamps and over-flowing lakes. It preserves resources and landscapes of the Cane River area in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Click here to learn more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cane_River_Creole_National_Historic_Park
Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge is about 15,220 acres located about 30 miles west of Baton Rouge. The refuge is enclosed within swamps, lakes, and bayous. More than 200 species of birds and many other wildlife have made this beautiful place home: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/atchafalaya_National_Wildlife_Refuge
Tickfaw State Park, 1,200 acres, opened in 1999. It is home to much wildlife including birds, fish, reptiles and mammals. Tickfaw quickly became a favorite state park among the locals due its natural setting, activities, and its closeness to two large, major cities: New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge was formed in 1994. It is 15,000 acres of pine flatwoods and oak. The wildlife includes: the Red Cockaded Woodpecker, the Bald Eagle, the Brown Pelican and more.
Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge is 23,000 acres of fresh and saline marshes. Known as the largest urban wildlife refuge in the United States, it is located in the city limits of New Orleans. Click here for more information: https://www.fws.gov