Monday, March 23, 2009

A Spring Walk

We took Luna to the park today for a walk. It was warm but overcast. They are predicting rain every day lately but nothing has been in the gauge to measure as yet. At the beginning of the trail we were walking is a creek. It had a Great Blue Heron hunting along its edge. The river is up so the creek is high. I suppose there are more fish to lure the Great Blue Heron into less heron-like territory. He flew away when we approached. Way up the hill on top of a broken off tree.
Yes, that is it on top of the tree acting like a wood duck. The Wood Ducks are back trying to pick out the perfect nest hole. They fuss so when you walk near their territories.
The forest floor is alive again. It is such fun to see. The tiny ferns that carpet the forest floor have sprouted as the Trillium is blooming.
Wood Anemones are blooming up a storm. Not a great picture. I have broken my new camera and I can't
seem to get my old camera working properly. The Blood Root is blooming too. I just love this delicate plant. I have a double that grows in our garden but it isn't out of the ground yet. Hmmmmm If you would like to see a really good picture of blood root and read more about it you can go over to Marvin's blog. He has a great post about it.
I am not real good with wildflowers. I learn them one year and forget over winter what everything is. Like this sweet little pinky-violet flower. There is lots of it blooming but I don't know what it is.
As we head back up the hill to the truck I thought you might like to see these natural steps. The tree to the right has roots sticking up just at the right heigt for steps.
It is such a pleasure to walk the woods this time of year. You never know what you will come upon.

25 comments:

Gail said...

Oh Lisa, I am sorry you dropped your camera....I totally empathize! But I think your photos are good and they do the job..we can see the beautiful wildflowers!
Goodness your woods are ahead of my zone 7 garden...the trillium are just emerging here! Gail

Teri C said...

It all looks just great. Wish I was walking with you. I know Luna loved it.

Oh NO a broken camera!! What a bummer!!

mon@rch said...

It is great being out enjoying nature and seeing all those amazing spring flowers! I can't wait for mine to arrive here soon!

Sue said...

Thanks for sharing your walk with us! That's a lovely area!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I'm sorry about your camera. I'm so glad it is warming up! A nature walk sounds really good.

Jayne said...

It is still so funny to me to see the herons up in a tree top! Looks like a great walk. :c)

shirl said...

Hi there Lisa, I'm sorry too, to hear about your camera. Loved these woodland shots though and I agree completely about the thrill of seeing the woodland coming alive at this time of year. Thanks for sharing your walk with us. Like Jayne, I loved the heron shot too :-D

Roses and Lilacs said...

I love the blood roots too. Too wet here to walk anywhere so thanks for taking me along with you.
Marnie

beckie said...

Lisa, what happened to the new camera?? You need to get one of those extended warranty plans. :} I am taking the girls on a nature walk today-weather permitting so will see if our woods are starting to bloom. Love those steps!

SandyCarlson said...

Life, life, life! And all so close to us--and to our feet! Beautiful.

Cicero Sings said...

I'm waiting for out trails to emerge! Lovely wild flowers you have already.

Nat said...

I have always been in love with the natural staircases that mother nature provides for us via tree roots. It's almost like the path is saying, "Come along, come explore! Look, we'll even make it easier for you, step right up!"

Cheryl said...

Hi Lisa....what a lovely walk and I love the wildflowers, especially the one that you could not name. So pretty.

Don't you just love fungi, always makes an interesting subject.....

I planted trillium a couple of years ago....they have not done very well, I don't think they like it here!!

Rose said...

Camera problems seem to be popping up everywhere! I do hope you can get yours fixed, Lisa. You got some great shots anyway--that last one is really neat. I'm not good about recognizing wildflowers, either; the pink one looks like bluebells, except ....they're pink, of course:)

Frances said...

Hi Lisa, I am so sorry about your camera, but so happy to see Luna again. Your spring walk was a joy, the tree root steps and wildflowers are perfection.
Frances

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Ahhhhh, it is SO nice to see spring...and spring flowers that I'll see in May MAYbe...But that's okay because then you'll get to enjoy them all over again, right? I'm sorry you dropped your good camera...that's one of the few things about digitals, they don't take kindly to such treatment. I hope you can get it fixed!

Shady Gardener said...

Your day began like mine... overcast. We had quite a bit of rain today, but the early evening turned out to be very very pleasant. Thank you for the walk!

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

You are ahead of us. Only snowdrops and crocus are up in my garden. It's raining hard here which is good for the garden; bad for the basement.

Phillip said...

Neat photo of the heron on top of the tree!

Layanee said...

That camera problem is going around. I thank you for taking Tucker and I along for a walk in the woods. If it weren't so darn cold here we would take you and Luna. Maybe next week.

Msrobin said...

We see many herons around here, and there is a huge tree full of their nests by the pond down the road. It's a nature preserve, so we sat with our binoculaurs the other day just watching all the herons coming and going. They are such solitary birds that I didn't think they would nest in colonies like that. Once the trees green up, we won't be able to see all their nests anymore.

O.I.M said...

i am so excited to see the bloodroot. I planted some last spring only to have them disappear in the summer heat. i am hoping for a beautiful show.
irena

ShySongbird said...

Hi Lisa,
Your wild flowers look so pretty.
A couple of years ago we had a Heron perched at the top of our fir tree, I didn't know until a neighbour mentioned it some time later. When I told my husband he said he had seen it too but as it was very early in the morning he didn't think I would appreciate being woken.....He has never been allowed to forget it!!!

Kerri said...

Walking in the woods is one of my favorite passtimes, but I don't seem to get there often enough. I doubt if anything's blooming yet. You have some gorgeous wildflowers. They're so delicate.
So sorry you dropped your camera. That's awful!
Luna is a lucky girl :)

yoon see said...

Lovely little wild flower growing through the seams. I love all the close up here.
I can feel the spring is coming...Dadeda.....I am just singing a happy tune welcoming the spring:)