Yesterday, on the way to my parents’ to celebrate my Dad’s 81st birthday, we stopped along the way and explored a large, cleared field — a place where I remembered a small house stood many years before. There was no sign of the house, though we didn’t really look carefully for stones of a basement, etc., but it was still a very interesting stop. Next post, I’ve got some great “old, dead tree” photos and something else that’s errily pretty to share, but for today, I thought I’d post a few of the signs of spring we found.
Above is a tiny little seedling that was prickly on the ends to touch and might possibly be some sort of conifer, but I really don’t have a clue. These beautifully coloured seedlings were abundant — you could hardly make your way along a path without stepping on one. If anyone (jodi?) has any ideas as to what it might be, please holler out, because I don’t have a clue, though I’ll do some research today. If it helps, most of them were located along a clear but very wet pathway.
Once again, this photo shows a beautiful grass of some type — the plant on the right is just unfurling, much like a fern frond. The plant on the left shows what it looks like once it is fully opened. My Mom thought it may be a type of ribbon grass, and that’s what it looks like, but again, this was found abundantly in the middle of the same, wet field.
This tree branch offered up wonderfully gold-green leaves. I’ll be ashamed of myself when I find out what it is because there are several of them in my hometown and I’ve been around them since I was a kid. They have a dry, filmy seed-pod that I should have photographed, but didn’t. The two large trees that I remember most vividly both grow where gypsum is abundant. I’m sure it is very common. It’s nice to have homework!
We also stumbled across this old vase , which seemed rather appropriate. The glass was broken around the top, but I half wish I’d brought the metal part home, spray painted it and found a new insert for it. Better left where it is, I guess.