I was able to use my beaver-chewed walking stick for the first time this year last weekend.
We walked a big loop around the woods. The first stop was the old ash tree.
Then we went to visit the ancient maple tree.Here I am standing next to it.From there we headed across a little stream, through thickets of dogwood, and then into the ironwood grove at the eastern edge of the property. Everything is quiet, nothing growing yet.We saw lots of fungus and this sign of woodpecker activity:
And another pretty fungus, which reminded me of a seashell:We ended up in a pasture, where the late afternoon sun glowed on a rock covered with moss. I got in close for some artistic pictures.
I also took a picture of a lichen and moss covered rock:Back at home we took a garden tour. Not much is visible. Snowdrops, winter aconite, johnny-jump-ups and crocuses are blooming, but that’s it. I like this picture of the winter aconite, because it also shows a new leaf of a catmint plant. Spring is on its way!