Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Can You See the Flowers for the Greens?


At first, when you look into the woods,
all you see is the green of wild leeks,
but down among the green are the mottled leaves
and graceful flowers of troutlily, 
also called dogtooth violet.





Spring beauties hide amid the leeks and troutlilies, too.



Then there are the mysterious beech buds unfurling --







Monday, May 1, 2017

Nature--Not Always Cute and Cuddly


It looked like the remains of some mythical or prehistoric sea serpent, unaccountably cast up between the rows of cherry trees. Only in a tropical jungle would a snake attain such length, so even with the absence of leg bones, what was left could be nothing other than a partial deer skeleton, the spine continuous from jaw to pelvis, the tufts of hair in the grass nearby....






Wasting nothing, Nature brought ants to clean the bones.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Then There Are Daffodils

Backlit


Stained glass or Japanese parasol?

Apple blossoms not open yet.... Come back later....

Not Roses This Time



This time of year reminds us that not all flowers bloom near the ground. These roadside poplars, willows (weeping and black), and maples are blooming now in Leelanau County, and the first couple apricot trees along M-22 are showing their first blossoms. Soon it will be time for cherry and apple orchards to deck out in their annual finery.