Sunday’s Walk in the Woods

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Sun reflecting off the marsh; this area in particular is a favorite spot of the spring peepers.  We heard much croaking and saw lots of frog spawn in the various wetland areas; both signs of a healthy amphibian population.
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Miniature castle

 

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Reed reflections

 

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It was a great day for wildlife spotting.  Nora was lucky enough to come upon two browsing deer.  Unfortunately I was lagging behind to take photos and missed that opportunity.  But this little gem, an Eastern Garter snake, slithered up behind us further into our walk.  She hung out while I snapped several photos and remained there watching us intently as we walked away.

A Walk in the Woods

It’s a sunny, glorious (albeit a bit chilly at 38 degrees) early Spring day in North Country, so we took a two hour stroll in our woods with Magnolia.

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As you can see, the ground is still a bit wet from the melted snow and recent rains

 

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Reflections in the swamp

 

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Magnolia with her serious face on.  She had a grand time walking and smelling her way through the woods; rolling in piles of deer poo, and splashing through the flooded trails.

 

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Ice Art I

 

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A sea of young maples

 

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Ice Art II — the complexity of the design in this little puddle was astounding

 

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Through the looking glass

Among the trees

“Be a gentle friend to trees and they will give you back beauty, cool and fragrant shade, and many birds, singing.”

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We spent a couple of hours in our woods this morning.  The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and I even thought I heard the croak of a bullfrog…

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Dogwoods among the ice
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A glimpse of one of the many wetland areas; a haven for frogs, snakes, grouse and numerous insects

 

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A moss covered tree stump

 

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The towering, mighty pines with a nursery of young trees below
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Already signs of green on the forest floor