When Katherine Leal Unmuth walks her dog along the Santa Fe Trail in Dallas, she pauses to admire the birds and wildflowers in bloom.
Seeing spring in action has helped her keep things in perspective during the coronavirus epidemic.
“It’s just appreciating beauty and appreciating life…being thankful for that,” she said.
The rising heat, swaths of blooming flowers, birds chirping and bees buzzing are familiar signs of spring in North Texas. But this spring, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, the vibrant season of growth and rebirth has taken on a new meaning.
For many North Texans, appreciating nature has become more than a leisurely pastime. Against a backdrop of rising unemployment and climbing daily coronavirus case counts, the blooming flowers have become a respite and a source of hope.
Unmuth, who works as a public relations manager at a Dallas law firm, also serves on the board of the Friends of Santa Fe Trail, and helps to promote and enhance the trail.
She takes pictures for the trail’s Instagram account, one of her most recent posts being a red and yellow-rimmed firewheel covered with dew.