About a year ago I had assignment for one of my English classes, dealing with transcendentalists like Thoreau and Whitman. This assignment was to spend one hour making observations in the Chet Raymo nature trail. That hour was a great experience, free from all distractions, focusing only on the world around you. It’s amazing how much you can see in the outdoors if you take a moment to see what’s crawling under the leaves and listen to whatever stray sounds find their way to you. While there I also noticed the remnants of the environmental projects of other students, most of which looked liked they’d been there for ages. Now having enrolled in Ecological Representatives, I’ve gotten to considering the prospect of going back in there for more regular strolls. I think a lot of people should, and maybe more classes should take the time to get involved with the nature trail when the opportunity presents itself. There’s a lot going on in the microcosms and macrocosms of nature that most people never notice. It might be good for us both as individuals and classes, to stop and smell the roses as it were.