Monday, April 4, 2011
A Moreau Lake Meander
Maybe, just maybe, since the past two days have been sunny and almost warm, the Trailing Arbutus might just have started to bloom. I know where some grows on the shore of Moreau Lake, so that's where I went today. The start of my hike around the lake was not exactly auspicious for finding flowers in bloom, since the snow still lay heavy in the woods and on the road.
The eastern shore of the lake, however, was free of snow and offered a dry and sun-warmed path for my feet.
With the ice now withdrawn a few yards from shore, I could see through the crystal-clear water to intricate mosaics of beautifully colored stones.
In some places, a paper-thin sheet of new ice covered the stones, transforming that colorful mosaic into an Impressionist painting with thickly daubed brushstrokes.
I found that patch of Trailing Arbutus just where I remembered it, its leathery green leaves still intact after spending the winter under the snow. I lifted a leaf or two and promptly discovered some clusters of still-closed buds. No flowers yet. But any day now. If only it stays warm.