Saturday, April 29, 2017

Awake, O Wintry Earth!

The trees are starting flower and the young tender leaves are starting to appear

Wood anemone
Awake, O wintry earth
Fling off your frozen sadness,
With sweetness, flowers bring mirth,
bright springtime's ancient gladness.
Once more, we sing the tale
through darkness sunlight spread,
To warm the winter's pale, 
and tell that Death is dead

(JS Bach Canata 129)



Dwarf Ginseng


Bach's words seem to describe so well the new life that spring brings.  It seems like just a few weeks ago I was looking for the first trout lilies of the year and then all of sudden they were everywhere.  This week, my wife and I were walking and we saw the first wake robins of the year (red trillium).


After work on friday, I spent a couple hours along a small woodland stream.  The warm air had the bugs awakening from the long winter and the brook trout could be seen eagerly rising on several occasions in the tails of small pools along the stream.

A single dry fly was all that was needed to coax the local residents to the fly.  Now that the warmer weather is here the larger brook trout and taking an interest in the dry fly.  The forest floor was coming alive with wood anemone, dwarf ginseng, and fiddle head ferns and new life is beginning.


15 comments:

  1. Beautiful Mark. While I am writing this it's been snowing all day. My turn next. Enjoy the renewal.

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    1. Howard - Spring certainly comes late to some parts of the country but it eventually comes! When it does, I am sure you will enjoy it as we are doing now.

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  2. It's awake.
    Beautiful stream and beautiful brookie.
    Glad you were able to get some small stream time in.

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    1. Alan - It certainly is! Enjoy what we are being waiting for all winter!

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  3. With the recent rains and now the warmer weather, spring has sprung! Nice scenic photos. Good to see you are out and about!

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    1. Thanks Pete - everything has certainly come alive in the last week

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  4. Delightful opening lines, set a wonderful tone complimented with some great pics!

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    1. Bill - it's a great piece of music for sure!

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  5. It's a great time of year to be alive.

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  6. It sure is amazing to see the earth green up - looks like a great day afield for you!

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    1. Will - certainly was a nice couple hours before dark

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  7. And that's why Spring is my favorite time of the year!

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    1. Howard - my favorite thing about New England is that we can enjoy all the seasons

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