Beauty and Mystery in Druid Hill Park

The Unity Of Nature

This wood has been a comfort for me after deaths of family members and a  destination to celebrate births of children and grandchildren and other  good news. The park likewise has a dual nature. Its topography has the civilized (the south) and the rustic (the north). Gently rolling lawns and paths draw people to the lawns, Maryland Zoo, the Rawlings Conservatory and Druid Lake. In the hilly north, hikers and runners explore Mountain Pass Road past mature growth woods. The 745-acre park includes old growth woods and the Baltimore Zoo, each about 135 acres. The reservoir adds another 55 acres. This makes 325 acres, less than half the park’s space. The rest is lawns, meadows, playgrounds, parking lots, buildings, roads, trails, brooks, lakes, ponds and gardens. “Everything is interrelated (by) the unity of nature”, wrote Alexander von Humboldt, 19th Century German explorer. A 400-year-old Osage Orange tree may be blown down but a younger one bears fruit today.

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