I'm still longing for green, but the meadowlarks are finding things to sing about. Getting a good picture of one seems to elude my skills, but I caught one in mid-song, at least. Suddenly there are things to see and hear everywhere! Green still isn't evident, but finally the earth is beginning to warm. I could smell it!
Staying inside simply hasn't been possible. We haven't gotten that wet week that was promised (we do need the rain), but it means that I just HAVE to go out. Saw the first skunk cabbage of the year on Tuesday. And, I bring you a very short audio treat.
That pond used to be a wetland (technically, it still is) until the city decided it should be a lawn. You can see how well that works in the spring. But, this short clip is great because you just have the one frog singing- great for ID help. I think I have that Chorus Frog learned for good.
It was supposed to rain today, so I was resigned to working all day. Ha! The afternoon was in the high 50's and dry. I couldn't stay in. So I went exploring a trail that I hadn't been on before. It's only unofficial... but I found a nice loop! It goes along the Pere Marquette River from the Maple Leaf Access and back via a sand road.
This is one of the places where you can look down and see the river curling back on itself. I have to be good and show you only one of each "thing," or we'll never finish, but it was really nice. I didn't even need a sweatshirt (first time this year), the sun was out, WOW.
Here is a spring "bloomer." I should say "fruiter," since this the the fruiting body of a fungus, the scarlet cup, Sarcoscypha coccinea. It's quite common, but it always makes me smile when I find it.
This has been quite a pile of varied stuff, but every little new bit of color or sound is a huge joy!
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