Monthly Archives: March 2012

New Growth

New ground cover breaking through dead leaves near a log in Maybury State Park

We had a mild winter and early spring temperatures all across North America this year. Here in Michigan, I’m glad to see the spring temperature arrive in mid-March, instead of early April as we usually expect. I was curious to see if the wildflowers would be poking up early as well, and headed to one of my favorite spots: Maybury State Park in Northville. Rather than take my DSLR along, I decided my iPhone would be fine to document any unexpected early gems on my hike.

There were some signs of greenery along the way: vinca vines in open shaded nooks, clumps of grass turning green in the fields and along the paths, and various other vines like those shown above. No sign yet of the scarlet cup fungus I’ve found before, nor any signs yet of my favorites of Maybury: the great White Trillium. It was still a great little hike, where I could stretch my legs and my eyes. And get blisters. Note to self – throw away those old boots and get some new ones!

My best find of the day wasn’t something to be seen. It was the delightful sounds of the swamps. The frog songs (click to hear them) yesterday were an amazing little joy. I had missed these delightful sounds after moving from a house that was nestled against the woods where there were swamps and ponds that filled with frogs and their singing every year. Being immersed in them again helped me grow more roots into nature. It’s inspiration for me to get out even more, to see, hear, and smell the glories of our natural world.

See you out there!


Fresh Beginnings


Purple and white striped crocus pair fully open

Here in Michigan we’re about to have our first real teases of spring, while many of you are actually fully into spring. Warm weather is coming, at least for a few days. It’s also wonderful to have so much daylight – and even sunlight, a rarity in Michigan during winter months. Many people are turning to spring cleaning — emptying out closets, basements, and all of that “extra food” we stored up for the long winter hibernation. I know I could do a little of two of those, and quite a bit of the third .  I started my spring cleaning with my photography.

It was time to pull down the old website structure, and start out anew. Reorganize the galleries and bring newer images. And bring focus (sorry – if you know me you know I’m full of puns!) to the subjects that thrill me most: waterfalls, flowers, details of nature, and personal portraits. It’s a mix of getting outdoors and seeing what’s around, and getting to know people and seeing who they are. I can’t wait for the opportunities that I”ll find this year.

I wish you all fresh beginnings this Spring!