Today, the sun displayed the blue of a clear spring sky. Brisk breezes proved that spring is in the air. My daughter and I decided to take a walk in some nearby hardwood forest, to view the coming of spring from a different perspective. I was particularly curious to see if we could find Spring Beauty in bloom.
Many old leaves still shroud the green life in its infancy. Wild flower leaves peak through at various places. Shelf fungi cling to the sides of several trees. Wild raspberry bushes and gooseberry plants show their tender new leaves. Their super-sharp thorns pierce when one walks by too closely. It is too early for blossoms to catch the eye.
Yet , with the absence of much green, one can see through to the far side of the woods for quite a long ways. We walked to a clear opening where our field stretched out before us. As we returned, we followed an old, dry path. Dear Grandpa blazed the trail years ago so that he and others could enjoy a nice walk to the corn/hay field as the summer progressed. Since Grandpa has gone, new growth seeks to cover that old path. Next time we go out to the woods, I will take a clippers along to clear the way where Grandpa loved to walk. Maybe next week, we can see further plant growth, God’s handiwork in the forest at springtime.
photo credits:Bretta Grabau