The past week brought cool temperatures and light rains. There was even some thunder and lightning that woke me in the night. It was a week of wet, green pastures and lush marshes lined with lime-green willows. Rich purple violets, bright yellow dandelions, and sky-blue bluebells color the scene, accompanied by Dutchman's britches, cowslips, hepatica, and anemones. Also present were wood thrush, indigo buntings, barn swallows, hummingbirds, and morel mushrooms. This past week was the loveliest week of the new year and it ended on a perfect note, Mother's Day.
The night air is busy with flying insects and little brown bats. A tree frog sings to his mate and the soft trill of the American toads comes from the spring pond. I'm in awe of it all, under the spell of spring on this southern Wisconsin farm land. There is nowhere on Earth I would rather be during the month of May.
A few frisky little chipmunks have finally appeared and are eagerly helping themselves to the birdseed. Once again, I have to get used to the noises they make as they scurry around on the back porch. The tiny house wren scolds them when they get too close to the wren house hanging under the eve.
A family of Canada geese swims proudly across a farm pond. On the alert, their long necks stretched, they glide along the water. The gander trails five feet behind his mate; between them are six fuzzy goslings.
Along a grassy fencerow near the cornfield, I find a clutch of large, cream-colored, speckled shells from turkey eggs. The turkey chicks are now following Mom through the woods, and may stay with her until next spring. However, they grow quickly, and will be able to fly short distances in only a couple of weeks. Lilacs grace the kitchen table. Their lovely perfume fills the room with the sweet smell of spring. Nothing beats lilacs for freshening that stale old air in the house.
High above the treetops, two angry crows harass a red-tailed hawk. Perceiving a threat to their newly hatched youngsters, the crows try to chase the hawk out of their territory. Over and over they take turns dive-bombing him until they drive him a half-mile from the nest.
With each passing day, the color brown becomes less dominant in the landscape. The color green is popping up everywhere, and will prevail as summer gets closer. Mother nature is waving her green flag for all to see. Hopefully those who do not live in the natural world will take notice and welcome her into their hearts.
The very best thing you can do for your health and spirit is to take a nice walk outside. An early morning or evening walk down nature's trail can help set the tone for your life. The living world will welcome you with sights, sounds and smells. Walking barefoot through the grass, you can feel the earth beneath you and know that you are truly grounded.
The cool, wet weather has made it hard to get much gardening done, but there is always something to do to get ready for planting. I strung some new string for the runner beans and morning glories, which I will plant in a few days if weather permits. As soon as it's dry enough to plant, I'll put in a few rows of seed potatoes. By the end of July there will be new potatoes to go along with the other garden goodies like tomatoes, beets, carrots, and green peppers. Garden veggies planted with your own hands and grown organically always taste better, and are better for you.
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