Eramosa Karst Conservation Area 1/1 by Tripoto
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This May has been cold. In fact, our temperatures have been lower than in England! This showed at Eramosa Karst - the flowers are slow to show and the trees are bare. Regardless, there is beauty in the barren woodland, in the leafless branches, in the muddy paths. Here and there, glimpses of colour can be seen - small shoots, the rhubarb coming through and tiny colourful flowers. Eramosa Karst has been very carefully gardened to create a diverse fauna. I love going in the summer to eat the wild strawberries as part of a picnic. It is almost nicer that the woods are so bleak, because these tiny flowers become infinitely more colourful, more beautiful. They encourage me to walk off the beaten track just so that I can take a proper look at them. It is funny how we take things for granted until they become precious. I still haven't explained what Eramosa Karst is, or what 'karst' really means. As far as I can tell, a karst is a natural geological formation in which the rock dissolves and creates natural drainage, ridges in the floor and caves. After all of the rainfall we have had, it made it quite difficult to explore. That didn't stop me, though, nor did the fact I had come out of the house in my slippers! It is super exciting to spot these dank holes in the ground. It is more exciting to actually enter them. To see how they change the ground around them. To see how the tree roots look as they fall down into them. To look at the contrast between the wet, shiny rocks and the dry ones. To see small dark tunnels and know that they go for hundreds of metres beneath the ground. Eramosa Karst would not be what it is without the support of the local citizens. Please visit the Friends of Eramosa Karst to find out how you can contribute - maybe you could pop over on May 29th (weather permitting) to help out with the tree planting!