Waking up this morning to a fresh carpet of snow was simply an insult to my dogs' and my sense of humor!
The cold temps have kept the grass from it's typical spring explosion of growth, and the wet sloppy snow makes for wet sloppy dogs. Thankfully, the snow was short lived and was melted before noon.
It seems that the best way to beat the "gray sky grumps" is to take off to the woods in search of wild edibles!
On the way to the woods, I met up with our wandering "nomadic sheep".Freshly shorn this week, we turned them loose so that they would have their choice of shelter during this nasty spell of weather.
Once in the wood lot, the "ramps"(wild leeks) did not disappoint, their vibrant green leaves waved in the soft breeze, promising spring's eventual arrival. The drought of the past 8 years truly hurt the ramp population and knowing that they take over 5 years to reach maturity prevents me from pulling them up by their bulbs. I'll simply clip the tasty leaves instead, they will make a fine addition to the "Pizza By the Pond" menu.
As I followed a path of ramps, meandering from one clump to another, the sound of splashing in the nearby little lake got my attention. Looking up I saw a nesting pair of trumpeter swans tucked into the shoreline marsh grass. The cob swam out to check me out, he posed beautifully for the photo.
Deeper into the woods on my way to a secluded bog, I passed the first emerging woodland flowers,(bloodroot) not yet in bloom, patiently waiting.
Best time of year to visit the little bog, no bugs! Unfortunately, no fiddleheads yet either,dang!
|"Dormant Ostrich Fern"|
Looks like I will just have to "force" myself to go for another walk in the woods before Sunday, life is so tough!