Seeing the sunflowers on Lake Jesup (if they bloom again after being completely snuffed out by post-hurricane flooding last year) and seeing the swallow-tailed kites gather before they migrate to South America are two things I try to do every year. This year I added seeing the Catesby lily bloom and seeing the coreopsis bloom.
Noting the progress of the seasons in natural phenomena is one way I connect with Mother Nature. It also gets me out into wild places on a regular basis.
When the calendar warned me that it was nearly coreopsis time, I started pinging my network, trying to get in touch with a friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend who knows a grower. Growing wildflowers for seed sounds like a fascinating operation and I was hopeful my connection would play out. Sure enough, I received the gentleman's e-mail in pretty short order. But when I tried to use it, it kept getting returned to me -- even though my contact says she uses that e-mail all the time. I shook my head and let the matter drop.
And then, this happened. In a totally unrelated way, on a random drive for another purpose entirely.
Mother Nature is full of beautiful surprises.