A WET, WINTER HIKE
AT LONE ELK PARK
The rain had stopped long enough
to hike through Lone Elk Park
(in west St. Louis County).
There was a chill in the air,
wet leaves on the ground;
oaks covered with dark patches of wet bark.
Muted patterns of green lichen added
unexpected color to the woods.
Elk and bison were enjoying early sprigs
of grasses beneath a wet carpet
of decaying autumn leaves.
The woods smell sweet,
and ready for Spring!