The Firefly Forest is No More (at least as of today…)

After reading a comment here on my blog, I grabbed my cane (recent hip surgery) and headed out to see if it was true, if all of the houses and doors were in fact gone. I must report, with great regret and sadness, that all but the Little Owl Door are gone. Everything has been removed, and replaced with the silver stars that have shown up recently, all bearing inspirational messages much like those from the former sites. I am trying to see the inspiration, thinking perhaps a passing of the torch–or simply the end of a beautiful project?–but am as saddened by this presently as the rest of the people I met today on the trail, all wondering what had happened.

Here are the former sites as they were today:

The site of 12 Hollow Tree Lane:Image

ImageWhat remains at 51 Hollow Tree lane, below the star left hanging above where the house was.

Star at 51 Hollow Tree Lane

Star at 51 Hollow Tree Lane

 

Star at 64 Hollow Tree Lane

Star at 64 Hollow Tree Lane

 

ImageThe former site of 64 Hollow Tree Lane, the purple door tree with the “message board”.

The star message at the former "Blue Roof" house.

The star message at the former “Blue Roof” house.

 

What remains at the site of the Red Door, behind Deanna Rose.

What remains at the site of the Red Door, behind Deanna Rose.

The former site of the "Bamboo House".

The former site of the “Bamboo House”.

 

Where the "Stick House" was, with the hammock, behind Deanna Rose.

Where the “Stick House” was, with the hammock, behind Deanna Rose.

Apologies for the formatting of this post, WordPress is a bit twitchy today.

I guess we can all be thankful that something beautiful happened, even for a short time, here in Overland Park. It was a beauty to watch, and I hope that all of the kids never stop searching for those woodland creatures; keep dreaming, keep trying to catch a glimpse. The fireflies are still out there, tonight.

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Temporary Disaster at 12 Hollow Tree Lane

Regulars to the trail were delighted with the appearance of 12 Hollow Tree Lane, back in late Summer/early Fall 2013, but the delight was followed within a day with stunned disbelief at its disappearance. Stunned runners removed their headphones to mill about and discuss theories and express general dismay. 

Fear was quelled a bit by the appearance of a WEMA tent:Image

I mean, at least there is a Woodland Temporary Management Agency! But fear was at an all time high with the added appearance of missing flyers. Those are never good, but for an entire dwelling?

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Luckily, it wasn’t long before 12 Hollow Tree Lane was returned to its former lot, in the same condition as it had vanished in. All was well with the residents and resident trail devotees of Hollow Tree Lane once again, and the residents of #12 could finally get to all of those moving boxes.Imageos

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