Call of the Wilderness

“The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom.”

~Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), 26th President of the United States of America

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Autumn colors begin to make their annual appearance in northern Wisconsin.

Goodbye Summer 2016

“Everything has seasons, and we have to be able to recognize when something’s time has passed and be able to move into the next season. Everything that is alive requires pruning as well, which is a great metaphor for endings.”

~ Dr. Henry Cloud (1956- ), American psychologist

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Maple leaves showing off their color for this first day of fall.

Early Summer Days…

“Early summer days are a jubilee time for birds.  In the fields, around the house, in the barn, in the woods, in the swamp – everywhere love and songs and nests and eggs.”

~E. B. White, (1899-1985) American writer

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This is a fledgling American Robin sitting in a pine tree. I love the little downy feathers still sticking up on top of its head.

Into the Pollen

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’

~ Robin Williams, (1951-2014) American actor and comedian

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This yellow swallowtail butterfly did not seem to mind wading into the pollen of my Japanese Lilac tree.

The White Lilacs

“Gardeners, like everyone else, live second by second and minute by minute.  What we see at one particular moment is then and there before us.  But there is a second way of seeing. Seeing with the eye of memory, not the eye of our anatomy, calls up days and seasons past and years gone by.”

~ Allen Lacy, The Gardener’s Eye, 1992, page 16

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My mother planted white lilacs in the backyard of my childhood home. I loved them so much that I took a snippet of a bush and planted it in my own backyard some years ago. They are blooming right now and serve as a happy reminder of those carefree days that I enjoyed as a child.

Do any of you have plants that bring back happy memories?

Rough-legged Hawk

“Behold my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!”

~ Sitting Bull (1831-1890) Chief of the Lakota Sioux Nation

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Rough-legged Hawk taking a look at me and my camera.

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The Rough-legged Hawk breeds in the arctic during the summer months, but winters in the U.S. and southern Canada.  I feel fortunate whenever I see one in the spring as it migrates north back through Minnesota.

This handsome bird had a partner off in the distance.  I’m hoping their nesting season is a successful one!

One Day at a Time

“The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.”
~Abraham Lincoln

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This is a male Goldfinch in his muted winter wardrobe.  When he starts to transition to his bright yellow and solid black plumage, one can be assured that spring and the mating season are just around the corner.

When is Spring?

“When the groundhog casts his shadow

And the small birds sing

And the sun shines warm

And when the peepers peep

Then it is Spring.”

~Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952)

(Margaret Wise Brown was an American writer of children’s books, including the picture books Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.)

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Spring begins for me after my first yearly sighting of an American Robin.

Listen to the Ice

“Spring has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.”

~W. Earl Hall (1897-1969) Editor and publisher of the Mason City Globe Gazette

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This is a photo of the ice going out on a river in Minnesota.  If you quietly stand and watch such a site you will actually hear the ice cracking!

Bright Ice

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”

~Desmond Tutu (1931- ) South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop

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Here are chunks of ice melting at the edge of a local pond.  I have often enjoyed the way the sunshine plays with both the water and the ice at the end of winter.  To me, the color and textures can be similar to the bright shine of diamonds.

Spring is almost here.  Yay!