Friday, March 27, 2009
A Superfine Spring Day
So many things today said SPRING! First, it was actually HOT! Seventy degrees, no clouds, no wind. No jacket. Not even a sweater. And then I found the first flower of spring that actually looks like a flower: COLTSFOOT! (No, that is not a dandelion.) Then I rolled down my window while passing a marsh and what did I hear? SPRING PEEPERS! Oh man, could it get any better than this?
Yes it could. I went to Mud Pond where the ice has retreated from shore and walked along close to the water. Every footfall of mine caused quite a commotion in the shallows close to shore. What looked at first like a bunch of eels wriggling into the muck turned out to be NEWTS! Thousands of them, floating just under the water, taking a sunbath, then taking a dive as my shadow passed over them.
Peering a little closer, I also saw TADPOLES! Big fat green ones like the one in the photo and lots of itsy bitsy black ones, too. At least I thought they were tadpoles. The wee ones moved so fast my eyes couldn't quite glom on to them. There were MINNOWS! too, and FLIES! and other BUGS! -- some in the air, some on top of and under the water.
And then there was this lovely SPIDER! who was resting on a floating leaf on the water. Now, that is one gorgeous blonde! Could she be a fishing spider? Could she be eating those little black rice-shaped things on the leaf? What are those little black rice-shaped things on the leaf? I don't know.