A pleasant break from the heat and humidity today encouraged me to do a bit more trail scouting in the northwest area of the property where we want to plant more chestnut trees. We won’t be planting the little trees for a while but I wanted an excuse to do some more exploring. I went off the main trail through an area of such sandy soil that little will grow there except scrubby Sumac trees and a few thin dry weeds and grasses. After a turn and a dip into a little swale, however, the landscape suddenly became lush and I found myself totally surrounded by asters and goldenrods growing higher than my head. The blooms were the biggest that I have seen so far this year and they were dazzling in the afternoon sun. The buzz of hundreds of bees enjoying the flowers filled the air. Despite that fact that I couldn’t really see where I was going and that grape vines were tangling around my legs, it was a wonderful moment.