Just a Stone's Throw Away
Maidstone: Just a Stone’s Throw Away from the Middle of Nowhere.
By, Eric Bouchard, Assistant Ranger,
Maidstone State Park
With the conclusion of the season quickly approaching, parks may be noticing that their flowers aren’t as green and vibrantly colored as they once were. It is coming to that time of the year when the nights are getting colder and the spring and summer’s flora and fauna are beginning to brown, indicating autumn’s ultimate arrival. Those flowers that once speckled the entrance to your park, conveying that warm and inviting feeling, will now need to be pulled, and that feeling will now be gone. Or will it?
Maidstone State Park, our park
host came up with a great way of revitalizing the entrance, spending absolutely
no money and using only naturally collected materials. After plucking dying
plants from flower beds, rocks and sticks were collected, of various sizes and
shapes, and placed in a way that is pleasing geometrically, artistically and
aesthetically. The pictures that supplement
this article show, just a few examples of what can be done to revitalize your
park. Although there are only 2 weekends left, we still aim to ensure our
park’s entrance conveys a welcoming feeling.
With all of that said, we additionally hosted a nature art program, on Sunday afternoon, portraying what else can be created using only naturally collected materials. The possibilities truly are endless and your imagination is the key and that is exactly what the program’s participants came to realize. Nature is its own artistic piece as are all of the elements within it.