On Rediscovery and Wild, Beautiful Things

This spring, I embarked on a journey through the southeastern wilderness. Growing up in a rural community, there was much time and not much choice in exploring the fields, forests and streams. As a deliberate act of reconnecting to the beauty that our subtropical climate has to offer, my adventures have led to some amazing finds -- medicinal plants, little known history, breathtaking views, delicious edible mushrooms and much more. It's easy to find solace in the forest where I am careful of each step, each breath and distant sound. It helps me feel grounded and very aware of my connection to the Earth. It allows me to test myself. Finding treasures is just a bonus. Here's a brief look into my rediscovery of all things wild and beautiful. Stay tuned for more glimpses into Black Girls Hike.

Visit this 500-year old beauty at the Cypress-Tupelo Swamp at mile marker 122 of the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Reagan: Project Coordinator and Queen of Wild Things

Freshly foraged and cleaned chanterelle (Cantherellus lateritius) mushrooms, ready for cooking. 

Trademark pink-splotched blooms on wild oak hydrangea. 

Ladner Fellow, Maya, leading the way through the Yockanookany Trailhead at the old West Florida Boundary. 

Your mycelium is showing! Mushrooms do not reproduce by seed or gather energy by photosynthesis as plants do.  They reproduce by means of spores.  These spores germinate to produce a mass of interwoven, single-cell wide structures known as hyphae. Collectively, masses of hyphae are known as the mycelium. 

About the author

Reagan is the project and research associate for The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects. She enjoys baking sweets, spending too much money on candles and being an obsessive Game of Thrones fan in her spare time. Keep up with her and the LBG crew on Twitter @luvblkgrls. 

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