Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Unexpected

Spring arrived unexpectedly this year. I kept waiting for more cold weather and even a little snow, but the signs were there and more winter wasn't going to happen. Reality set in when I spotted this beautiful little finch hopping around on the ground. It was a bittersweet sight. It was time to began looking for spring, even though I knew I would miss winter.

The sweet little bird wasn't the only sign of spring I saw. The dandelions are blooming! As you may have read in my last post, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The day before my surgery, which was last week, I took one last walk in the woods behind my house. The pathway from our property into the woods is rather steep and slippery, so I knew it would be a while before I could be in the woods again.

I didn't have to walk very far to know the spiders were out of hibernation. They must have awaken very hungry, because their webs were everywhere!! Ugh!! I hate spider webs! Yes, they are amazingly intricate and fascinating, but I hate to feel them on my skin!

It's also been warm and, of course, wet enough for the mushrooms to begin sprouting. This one and it's little baby were growing out of a dead tree trunk. Don't you think the little guy must feel loved and protected?

As I wandering further into the woods looking for more signs of spring I reached the sandy banks of the creek where tiny red maple blooms were scattered about. Red maples are one of the first trees to bloom as winter fades.

I had to be careful where I stepped or I might have stepped on the tiniest of spring wildflowers, Claytonia Verginica, commonly known as Spring Beauty of Fairy Spud. Each tiny little flower is only about 1/4" to 1/2". Their blooms hang down, but as they open they lift themselves to the sun. 

My last day to be out and about ended with a gorgeous, patriotic sunset!

"Can words describe the
fragrance of the very breath of spring?"
~ Neltje Blanchan

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Side Notes:

  • I have added February's weekly photos to my 52 Weeks of Nature page.
  • My surgery went well and I am slowly recuperating. I am cancer free! I am a SURVIVOR!