Connected, Yet Still Disconnected From Nature

Tasty or Toxic? Who knows?One thing that I really love about my bike commute is that I’m so close to nature. In the mornings and evenings I seldom see anybody else, maybe one or two other cyclists, and that’s it. But I DO see hawks, eagles, skunks, snakes, lizards, bobcats, coyotes, geese, egret, ducks, owls, fish, etc… I love the connection to nature.

Toxic? Good to eat? Who knows?I also love picking the wild blackberries. They taste very good. I also love the figs that grow along the lake whenever I can find one ripe.

This morning I saw these two diffent kinds of berry bushes and I realized that I had no idea what they were. They looked interesting. Edible? Toxic? I’m not going to test them on myself!

It made me realize how little I really know about nature and how disconnected we’ve become. I hear about gooseberries, huckleberries, wild strawberries, and other wild things that are good to eat, yet I don’t know enough to identify them and would be afraid to try. It’s too bad that we’ve become so distant from nature that we don’t know it at all.