April 30, 2017

The Verdant Days of Spring – Part 2: Or, the Black Flies Are Out

Janine Pineo Photo | New leaves cradle water droplets.

Janine Pineo Photo | New leaves cradle water droplets.

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Janine Pineo Photo | Mushrooms march up a tree stump.

• By Janine Pineo •

We had a lovely bit of rain over the past couple of days.

Sure, it was a bit cool on Monday, but the rain soaked everything well, which should bring the fire danger down.

On the other hand, it fueled two other things. The first is the green that is unfurling like gangbusters all around us.

Janine Pineo Photo | A veritable orchestra of fiddleheads.

Janine Pineo Photo | A veritable orchestra of fiddleheads.

I adore the photo at the top of this story. I have no idea what the bush is that looks so exquisite with its water diamonds nestled in the cradle of its new leaves, but it made my day Tuesday.

The long branches are near the stream that runs off from the pond on the woods walk where I go most days with my dog. This time of year is a visual feast as things are not quite filled in with leaves and greenery, which can sometimes keep one from seeing the trees for the forest, so to speak.

Tuesday was terribly muggy after the rain stopped, but the damp woods made for a lovely shot of emerging fiddleheads and ferns, silvery in their birth.

And a ray of light hit the line of mushrooms climbing a dead stump. It’s funny how I have walked by that stump several times this spring but it was only Tuesday that I saw it there.

The bluets have started their enchantment, as well. The first little clump opened last week, but a host of them was marching across the clearing Tuesday.

Oh, and that second thing about the rain. This I could do without.

The black flies have arrived.

Janine Pineo Photo | The bluets in the clearing

Janine Pineo Photo | The bluets in the clearing