All the sunshine we've had the last couple of weeks has been nice, but rather unusual for us. Some of the plants were beginning to look a little withered, so I was very glad for the showers we had yesterday. The humid air really brought out the fragrance of the flowers, making it impossible to stay inside!
Some of the tulips have started to bloom.
The woods looked so tempting during my early morning walk across the field that I promised myself I would return later if possible.
So, despite the innumerable garden chores that still need to be done, I declared the afternoon a holiday and set out to explore!
Red Osier dogwood grows at the edge the woods.
Don't ask me how this boulder got here! It makes a nice seat to enjoy the scenery from, however.
A beautiful but threatening sky.
I saw signs of bear, as well as moose and deer...it made me wonder if I even ought to be out here alone, but I was already having such a good time there was no turning back!
It certainly looks like bear territory, doesn't it?
One of the first sights that greeting me when I entered the woods was this beautiful trillium!
Does anyone know what these plants are? I am so ignorant about woodland plants! They appear to be some kind of flower. I will have to go back to see what kind of flowers they have!
There were lots of fiddleheads, too. These are considered a spring delicacy around here, but I haven't tried them yet.
I went deeper into the woods than I normally go, but stopped in my tracks when I saw this! A bear den perhaps? I didn't get close enough to find out!
It was a wonderful time. I felt like a child again, and even caught myself imagining that I was a botanical explorer in some unknown forest! There was a downpour on the way back so I came home drenched but very happy and eager to do it again sometime soon! :)
I am a passionate gardener and seed-saver, who also enjoys playing the violin and accordion, running, spending time with my 4 golden retrievers, keeping chickens, photography, and reading.