Sunday, March 15, 2009
SIXTY DEGREES!!! No wind and nothing but sun. Man, it felt like Florida here today! Shirtsleeves and sunglasses: that's all the gear we needed to go outdoors. Plus waterproof boots. The snow's still plenty deep in the woods, but we could walk on top of it without snowshoes. Most of the time.
Here's a photo of my son Philip, standing on the banks of the Hudson River at Moreau. We hiked along the river and through the woods, enjoying the water music of trickling streams. We poked at ice floes, basked in the sun, were dazzled by dancing light off the open water. We found a patch of wintergreen, bright red berries so plump and tasty it's hard to believe they spent the winter beneath two feet of snow.
And here's another creature out for a stroll on this lovely day: a coal-black spider walking across the snow. I wonder what she will find to eat. Do spiders stock a larder to last all winter? Do spiders sleep all winter? Was this one hatched last September, when the autumn air was streaked with hundreds of shining strands of silk, a wee little baby spider attached to each? So many things I don't know. I asked for a spider book for my birthday, but that won't be until May. Maybe someone reading this blog knows the answers. Hmmm?