On first appraisal there's not much to see. It is a very monochromatic scene but the sun was out and it was a beautiful 20C. The wind strong but warm.
|A beautiful Wedgewood blue sky with puffy cumulus clouds.|
|The strong wind ruffles Scylla's fur, but not her enthusiasm.|
But this time of year rewards closer observations. I love the old cedar fences with their robing of rich green moss.
|The moss facing north grows thick and luxurious.|
Being on the edge of the Canadian Shield, most pastures are dotted by outcroppings of rocks festooned with lichen.
|In the middle of the pasture this outcropping of rocks and a few hardy shrubs.|
|Different lichens on the rocks|
Bird nests are easy to see when not hidden by deciduous leaves.
|A large nest; a perfectly circular bowl that seems made of clay|
|A much smaller nest high in the crown of this alder tree|
And pussy willows are out but not yet flowering.
Once you come to the woods, a natural, not cultivated landscape, one sees that, in fact, lots is happening. Ferns cover the forest floor and the different tree barks are noticeable. The few leaves on the trees are beautiful for their rarity.
|Ferns cover much of the forest floor and the coniferous needles lend lots of green|
|A beautiful yellow birch in the forefront with white birch in the background|
|A ghostly beech sapling|
I love these woods with their relatively minor human disturbances. Here is a great old snag, clearly having provided homes for birds or animals for many years.
|Many cavities up and down this snag|
I come upon the first ramps, a foreshadowing of more to come once the forest changes from coniferous to deciduous.
|An isolated clump of ramps.|
|Further along the gentle slope of the deciduous woods is covered with ramps.|
Railway Creek's spring run-off has broken through the beaver lodge and created a few waterfalls that only exist at this time of year.
|The breach in the beaver dam.|
|Even Scylla, who hates water, can't resist exploring this new development.|
|I think this is a white hepatica|
|An early crocus|
|And a very early bee covered with pollen.|
|Johnny Jump Up catching the sunlight|
|The rhubarb sporting the complementary colours of red and green, and the contrasting smooth and rough textures of emerging leaves and stalks..|
|The beds in the original vegetable garden with their (for now) crisp edges.|