Monday, March 29, 2010

Spring Emerges

First, Roger and I want to thank you for your kind good wishes and heartfelt enthusiasm for our new home. We are pretty excited about it and really can't wait to get there. Now, when we see those new 4-pack and 6-pack organic herb and vegetable starts at the local food coop, we look with a longing that we know we can finally fulfill. Life really doesn't get much better than that.
With that infernal house search finally over we can engage in our other favorite activities with a lightness in our hearts and almost a spring in our step (hey, we're old, how springy can we be?). So we headed out to our favorite local trail Sunday and took a look around. We were pretty delighted by how much the early spring had changed the local scenery.
Right away, we saw our first Mourning Cloak and Azures of the season. We took a couple of photos of each, but only one of the Azure was recognizable. On this trail we mostly hike through forest where there's a lot of brown, earthy leaf litter under the trees. Here we saw the first wildflower colors of the season (update: pink flowers are Dodecatheon hendersonii - shooting stars; blue flowers Cynoglossum grande - Grand Houndstongue)

On the trail back we passed something that Roger thought looked perhaps like a flower bud. He leaned in to take a closer look and saw this:
And an even a closer look showed us what we think is a cicada that had just emerged from this exoskeleton and was climbing down. It kept its wings closed, and scurried into the safety of the leaves. We hung out with it for a while thinking how cool it is to be with a creature that had just emerged in the first moments of its spring.
Now is the season of life and happiness in abundance! We'll keep you posted about the house when we finally get there. The days can be counted down on our fingers!

17 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos, all!

    The cicada find is maybe my favorite. I love their "song" and their blunt, beautiful selves.

    Reminds me of Rajaton's song "Butterfly"--being born into the wonder of this world and loving it, no matter how brief our time here.

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  2. I can't imagine the weight that must be off your shoulders now that the hunt is over.
    Know you can't wait to get those hands dirty.
    Love your pics, especially the cicada. A couple of years ago,Beverly,at burning silo, got me over my fear of bugs and let me see their beauty.
    Keep that springy feeling going.

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  3. Dancing with joy!
    Springy!

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  4. Hey you, get to enjoying that new place! :)

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  5. great photos! We are forecast to get rain starting Wed. night and it's supposed to be a very cold front that is moving our way. it's going to confuse the plants terribly.

    I am beyond delighted at your good fortune now...at long last. This place seems to be perfect for you and meets so many of your needs. You're going to have such fun there!

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  6. So glad for the renewal, for Spring again. ---looking forward to the new posts and all the explorations. peace mandt & Bodhi Dog

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  7. We'll have wildflowers soon as well. Glad to hear about the lightness of heart and spring in your steps. Lovely photographs.

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  8. how damn exciting, spring has sprung and a new home!

    *high five*

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  9. I'm glad for your good news and that you'll soon have a place to make home.

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  10. I love the happy mood around here!

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  11. Great photos!! I look forward to hearing all about the new place.

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  12. Wonderful photos. I love that cicada shot too, but also the spider -- well, they are all beautiful. I'm so happy for you - that you'll soon be at your new place, putting in your first garden there, and just getting a chance to explore and know the property.

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  13. Wow, cicadas - or "locusts", as we used to call them back in Ohio - didn't show up until summer! And that Shooting Star; just wow!
    Yay for your spring, boo for winter slamming us late.

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  14. Ah, shooting stars! I was trying to remember what these flowers are called. They are native to the foothills here, and go all the way up the Cascades into British Columbia. They are beautiful and delicate. Latin name: Dodecatheon hendersonii.

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  15. lovely photos, as always! when are you moving to the new digs?

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  16. "Crickets and cicadas sing... a rare and different tune- Terrapin Station

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  17. really cool and interesting.i am always in search of these stuff thanks for sharing this .

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