Our minds, as well as our bodies, have need of the out-of-doors. Our spirits, too, need simple things, elemental things, the sun and the wind and the rain, moonlight and starlight, sunrise and mist and mossy forest trails, the perfumes of dawn and the smell of fresh-turned earth and the ancient music of wind among the trees.
~ Edwin Way Teale
Shall we take a walk around the Wabi-Sabi Ranch and see what’s happening? Spring, once it arrives, moves so quickly it’s hard to keep track of it all. We’ll head on out of the woods for now because most of what is happening, at least that which is most apparent, is happening elsewhere.
Most of our daffodils are blooming now. If you were to take a ride around the neighborhood, on your bike or in your car, you would see that some of the daffodils, those in the sunny spots, are almost finished.
The asparagus is poking up out of the ground, and we’ve already picked about a dozen spears. We’ll have more by the end of the day since it grows so quickly. M spent a lot of time last year killing off the poison ivy we found growing in the asparagus bed. So far, there is no sign of it. Hopefully that means I won’t have to start a new asparagus bed. Time will tell.
Some of the cherry trees are in full bloom. I spent a little time with the tree out in the meadow, the one I usually refer to as the Mystery Tree (we weren’t sure what it was when it first bloomed last year).
Our resident wild turkey has been spotted a few times. What she’s up to, I couldn’t possibly say. She spends a lot of time walking between the marsh on the western side of the property and the marsh on the eastern side, traversing the front lawn, back and forth, back and forth. Perhaps she’s started a new exercise program.
Cornell’s All About Birds website indicates that wild turkeys travel in flocks. If there are more turkeys around, we haven’t seen them yet. The male turkeys are said to gather in clearings during the spring to act out their courtship displays, flaring their tail feathers and strutting around. That would be cool to see.
Bees are humming and buzzing around the flowers. I’ve seen a few different butterflies, but couldn’t tell you what they are. I haven’t been able to get close enough to identify them. I think the orange butterfly I saw was an Eastern Comma. They’re usually the first of the season, feeding on the sap of the maples.
The weather is warming up nicely. It’s almost perfect right now. In the mid-70’s, sunny, and with a lovely breeze.
I reckon that’s about it from the ranch on this beautiful Monday. Thank you for visiting and walking along with me. There are some wispy clouds in the sky that might contribute to an interesting sunset. Meet you at the dock. I’m too lazy to go down to the Point today. Sunset is at 7:37 PM. You’ll want to be there about twenty minutes early. Bring a jacket. It’s warm right now, but cools off quickly once the sun goes down.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: Meeting my new primary care physician and liking her; a long walk early this afternoon; watching the wild turkey as she makes her way across the lawn; the floral scent of the air; iced rooibus tea; the spring displays in the trees, meadows, and lawn.