Welcome to Notes on Nature

I’m writing to share my, thoughts, ideas, conversations and feelings on living here in this rural community in the woods of East Texas.

Many people I’ve met and some I’ve gotten to know as friends moved here from the city because of the peaceful scenes and natural beauty.  As they began to make their home here; they discover that along with having a garden that attracts butterflies comes caterpillars, with having flowers come bees, in the woods there are vines and dead trees, and with having a pond there are snakes. 

They see nature as a duality of good things and bad things. They work to get rid of the bad things and believe they can still have the good things.

To me, nature here is one contiguous system of living things with connections that have a history going way way back before our living memory of them. I’ve learned and experienced some of these connections through working and volunteering with several organizations and many people who devote themselves to the conservation of natural areas.  I found that visitors to our land and East Texas in general find a peace and beauty here.

My hope is that visitors to this site and the blog will join me in conversations about getting to know nature, connecting with it, and partnering with conservation organizations to protect some of the wildlife and plants.



Join me in conversations about
living in rural communities and nature.


© Liz Soutendijk 2016 updated 9/6/16