Native Landscapes and 'sanctioned space': Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary in South Wellfleet, Ma.
I get recharged here. Cape Cod, which juts out into the Atlantic Ocean more than any other place in the United States, is the world's largest glacially formed peninsula.
Dotted with hundreds of fresh water 'kettle ponds'--created by ice left behind when the glaciers retreated-- the combination of ocean, bays, salt marsh and ponds within a 5 minute drive to each other is a serenity garden lover's paradise.
My favorite is the tidal salt marsh. "A salt marsh sanctions space and a rooted integrity," wrote the naturalist John Hay. "The centuries pass, and its patience deepens." Ah, so.
Filled with eelegrass and spartina grass, the marsh edges bays and inlets and traps life giving sediment and muck. Spartina actually filters the saltwater and pumps oxygen down from its leaves to its waterlogged roots.
The trails in the wildlife refuge travel through open meadows, shady woods and sandy beach.
I marvel at the asclepias ( butterfly weed):
thrill at the beach plum:
and savor the view.
Try Island trail - a rare combination of oak and beach and marshIf you have a chance please make sure to put the Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on your 'bucket list'.