The title pretty well sums up my pictures from today's walk. (Walk? Why not ride on such a fine spring day? The lingering remnants of a migraine made me reluctant to hit the bumpy road. Cycling and headaches do not go well together.)
Our crazily hot weather has abated somewhat (we actually hit 80 more than once this last week, and I wore my sandals so much I felt obliged to paint my toenails), but it was still in the balmy 60s as I set out this afternoon.
The marsh-around-the-corner is abounding in blackbirds, and the air is filled with the sweetness of their song. Here's one of them up close...
...and now in context. (Can you spot him?)
I'm not the only one enjoying the warmth. Small painted turtles are sitting on tussocks around the marsh's edge, stretching their little necks up to the sun. (I know just how they feel.)
Last week's leaf buds have become this week's leaves - everywhere there are clouds and tufts of green. I love the leafy contrast with the red of this wild berry vine.
More young leaves, fluted like tiny fans.
The old outbuilding at the start of the trail is nearly hidden behind fresh spring growth...
...but it's in there somewhere.
Many of the trees have put on their dancing clothes, and are decked with ribbony blossoms.
Oh my. The Favourite Tree looks quite different from the last time I was here...
...with clover at its feet, where once was only snow.
Another tree bedecked in its spring finery.
If you look closely, you can see the hind end of a woodpecker in the next photo. (He simply refused to turn around to have his picture taken, and was so high up that I couldn't get any other angle on him.)
I don't think I'll see any snowmobiles on the trail today. (Poor Arctic Cats - they didn't have much of a season this year.)
A shot for Project Sky::365.
More baby leaves against the blue, blue sky. I think spring has gone to my head.
I love the rosy tints on this tiny maple leaf - a hint of the glory to come.
On my way home, I see more sunbathing turtles, some solo...
...some in groups. Turtle clique?
And more blackbirds, including this obliging fellow, who poses quite happily and sings while I snap his photo.
Just a short block further and I'm home. A beautiful day for a spring walk.
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