Category Archives: Nature

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!