TCPalm: Written by Eve Samples. April 20, 2017.
When he was a boy, Nathaniel Reed's father would sometimes wake him and his brothers at dawn.
Gripping long-handled blades, the Reeds would walk their property in Greenwich, Connecticut, scything the bridle paths — an ancient form of mowing.
It's one of Reed's early memories of feeling deeply connected to the natural world.
“My father had a love affair with the woods," Reed, now 83, recalled during a recent interview at his home on Jupiter Island, the town in south Martin County his parents founded eight decades ago.
Those Connecticut fields were often thick with butterflies; so were the hammocks of Jupiter Island he roamed as a child.