Sheila asked me last week if I wanted to walk a prairie labyrinth with her before my up-coming surgery, and yesterday was the day we selected for our outing. I had no idea my community even had a labyrinth and had never been to one, so this was a unique opportunity. Labyrinths can be located by using this online tool.
Several years ago, Sheila's husband helped a friend plan and create the labyrinth, using natural elements, and it is open to the public. At first glance, it appears to be just another rock-strewn hillside, but once on the path, the pattern is clearly seen.
It contained four distinct sections with the path outlined with white, red, black, and brown rocks in those areas.
Native plants dotted the paths: some tiny like this cluster of flowers, the blooms smaller than a pencil eraser and others imposing yuccas with last year's seed pods attached to dried stalks.
Many of the sandstone rocks had lichen in interesting shapes and several colors.
The view surrounding the labyrinth was expansive and breath-taking.
As we sat in the center of the labyrinth, Sheila and I shared thoughts and observations. I would like to return another day with a notebook to jot down some of those thoughts.
I would definitely take something to leave in the center for others to ponder.
Thanks, Sheila for sharing this special place with me.