Spring continues to proceed along the north shore. With a few warm days, and the ice retreating further and further on the big Lake, the land is starting to respond. Hillsides are washed with a haze of green and if you look close, plants are emerging and flowers are beginning to bloom.
Last weekend I spent Friday - Sunday in the Lutsen/Grand Marias area. While my day didn't go as planned I had a relaxing trip and quality time with my running family.
Scenes from Palisade Head:
|Appears the local Peregrine falcons had lunch atop the cliffs.|
|Look closely, do you see the pollen trapped on the spider web?|
In my yard the rhubarb is rapidly getting larger, with one clump almost at harvest stage. And our magnolia is blooming!
|I love the subtle hint of pink.|
And one of my favorite spring ephemerals - Wild Ginger (which is technically in my neighbors yard):
The hops are up! And almost two feet tall already. I don't think they had even emerged last week.
Birds continue to arrive in the yard, some just passing through on their way further north. We had a pair of Red-breasted Grosbeaks for a few days and the Goldfinches continue to stick around. Various sparrows are about including White-throated sparrows and Song sparrows. A Blackburnian warbler was spied on the trail above my house (spur to the Superior Hiking Trail). There is a Northern Mockingbird in the neighborhood and I also noticed our Catbird flitting about.
With a bit more time on my hands I have made some good progress on the sweater I am designing and knitting. I have about four inches of the body completed with currently 288 stitches on the needle. I am working my way up from the bottom edge and will be increasing to 318 sts by the time I reach the armholes. As I work I am writing out (and developing) the pattern, with hopes of having something publishable by the end.