Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Everything's On The Move
This afternoon while touring the yard together to see what was new and exciting, I said to David "Look at that snaky root over there" and then together we said "That's not a snaky root, that's a rooty snake!" On closer inspection, it was a good sized black snake, basking in the sun and looking gray like a tree root because it was probably about to shed.
Later I took a long ramble through the woods and saw more critters doing the work of spring. The lowlands were pulsating with the songs of peepers and chorus frogs. As I passed by the pond, mud turtles plopped into the water off their sunning logs and hung near the surface, enjoying the warmth of the water after crawling out of their muddy winter beds. I stood for a while on the bridge where the water from the pond flows down a waterfall into a creek. The overflow was running high from last nights rain, noisy, splashing over rocks and eddying into a swirling foam galaxy at the bottom of the fall before rushing on down to Morgan.
In the woods and along the stream banks the trout lilies are peaking, and the dainty white spring beauties are also blooming now. I heard a pair of red-shouldered hawks and looking up spotted them right above me, having a courting conversation and when the male flew with pine needles in his beak I followed him with my eye to the nest and made a note of which tree top the platform of sticks was resting in for future observation.
I relish this time of year when the sap starts to rise in all things living, myself included.