April 17, 2014
We had family come for the weekend from Toledo, Ohio,
which is right on the border with
Michigan. They were amazed at the intensity of
green and the spring flowers that are already blooming here in the
We thought it was quite nice of them to bring along
fantastic weather, temperatures in the 70s and 80s and no rain.
They were also treated to the hooting of the barred
owls, the trilling of whippoorwills, the vividly bright plumage of
gold-finches and a concert delivered nightly by spring peeper toads and
various tree frogs.
Unfortunately, when our company returned to Ohio on Monday, they took
the beautiful weather with them.
It was snowing off and on all day Tuesday. I think
we will call and beg them to send the warmth back, and we will be very
happy to return the snow to the northlands where it belongs.
Dogwoods blossoms are open now, but are still
green. They will turn white by the weekend. Redbud trees are bringing
lively color to the roadsides and the hillsides. This is a vibrant time
of the year, rivaled only by fall foliage.
Some very lucky folks are finding morels already. I
have looked for them in a couple of my favorite spots, but, around our
holler, I think the tasty little morsels are waiting for the tulip
the fiddlehead ferns to arise. I still have not seen any tiny
green mayapple umbrellas peeking
through the leaves, and when I do, that will be yet another indicator
that it is time to search for the first morels of the year. We may run
into each other out in the woods.