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Have you seen spring?

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A gray windy April day, the goldfinches and red winged blackbirds have migrated back to the feeders swooping up and down like kites flying on the wind.  From out under the clusters of dirty snow, patches of thick brown mud and dead winter grass peppered across the yard. Still neither, blue sky or warm sunshine to nurture blooms of purple crocuses and yellow daffodils, they are buried beneath snow as I am cocooned in the confines of these four walls.

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summer gold

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Late spring early summer, I had been out in the yard gathering weeds and loose brush into a wheelbarrow. I being too lazy to walk up the road and dump it out into a wooded area it has since that day set overflowing under the burning summer sun, humidity, rain, and a lot of it. Shortly there after, it began to sprout an emerald green carpet of cultivated greenery, a thick stalk sprung out the center.  Today, a wealth of golden Sunflower blooms on that one stalk.

Apparently, the birds at our feeder have a noticeably greener thumb then I do!

Now moved to its new area in the yard until the fall. Nature sure can gift with a surprise at times leaving us with a smile!

Happy summer and be well!

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Road trip to the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont

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We visited the National Fish & Wildlife refuge in Essex County Vermont over the weekend, and hiked along the Nulhegan River Trail. Over the rustic one-mile path we strolled up and down through black spruce woodland and trudged over lichen covered natural stone steps and shrubby peatland. Interspersed wooden bog bridges above clear flowing streams of cold water to refresh in. The over flowing river rushed on by as white caps sparkled under the hot summer sun. At the very end of the trail a steep slop covered in pine needles lead us on to a lovely small bog surrounded by wildflowers.

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simple gift of earth to its bounty

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” Study nature
love nature
stay close to nature
it will never fail you”

– Frank Lloyd Wright

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wings wide open

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I have been away on the central west coast of Florida for the past month nested away in a little trailer. Escaped 3ft of snow that fell in New Hampshire the day after I left, only to arrive in Florida to spend the first 2 weeks laid-up in bed with the nastiest flu I’ve ever had in my life–– pretty brutal I tell you. Grateful, I was back in good health to enjoy the last 2 weeks to hop on the bike and peddle my way down to the 20-acre lake.

On this visit the wildlife were scarce. Unlike back in October when it was common to see an alligator along the banks of the lake, social sandhill cranes roaming around the park, and hearing the high pitch song of egrets and herons throughout the night. Activity was quiet on this visit. Daily a sandhill crane nested on a green patch along the shore her guarding male close by. I had hoped to stay long enough to see the fledglings peek their head high.

A flock of woodstorks gathered across the lake when one poised with wings stretched out to the warm sun. To me that poise was like a warm hug welcoming me back to the lake I love.

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