I was playing with Google Earth yesterday and decided to get a bird's eye view of our property. I've done this before, but it appears that they have updated their photos because this one is pretty new. It had to be last summer. I have to admit that I think our spiral labyrinth looks kinda awesome. The spiral is the symbol of the oneness of the universe.
I can see that there are a few places that need some cleaning up, but I'm kinda of excited about how good it looks. It must have been taken early in the summer because the grass is still almost green. Later in the summer it was so brown and crispy that I thought we might lose the whole thing to fire. Most years at mid-summer the prairie grasses that make up the spiral can be 3 or 4 feet tall. We let it grow as it will. There is one bush that is growing so tall and wide that we have cut a tunnel under the branches to walk through. At the end of the season last year my brother-in-law culled some of his prairie plants and we added them to the spiral. We'll see what makes it come Spring.
Here's the whole property:
Click to embiggen. This year I feel confident that the hole in the ground will become a pond and we can spend cool summer evenings (who am I kidding? ) sitting on the back deck enjoying the dragonflies as they flit across the water. It must have been mowing day since both cars (we've since downsized to one) are parked back in the driveway to make room for the mower.
From this angle I can see that the fire pit is now too close to the tree line so some branches will have to be cut back. Also, the veg garden is getting a lot of shade. Will have to think on that one a bit.
I don't generally have too much positive to say about our aging, in sad need of renovation house, but I do love the yard. Most of the trees running up the middle of the property, just right of the fire pit are pines. I dug them up from the woods in Northern Wisconsin when they were just seedlings and brought them home in coffee cans. They are family to me. Too bad they aren't covered in snow right now as they should be.
Btw...if you're local and you would like to come and walk the labyrinth you are more than welcome to do so. If we're home and the dogs are out you might have some company. They are seasoned spiral walkers and will just follow along. Feel free to rap on the door and let us know you're there so we can keep the mutts out of your way.