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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Our Northern Spring So Far

There isn't much green in this picture--only pine branches to contrast with the brown of last fall's dead leaves. Nevertheless, closer peering reveals life, in town and country. Hee's some of what this month has already brought forth:
April 5: first ice cream stand open in Traverse City
April 7: first spring peepers I’ve heard in Leelanau County this year
April 12: first wild leeks emerging in our woods
April 16: first open daffodil, semi-wild but within the perimeter of the larger farmhouse yard
April 17: first dark purple violets in bloom (Northport)
April 18: first spring beauty blooms (not yet open) and first leaves of troutlily (my favorite of its many names) in the woods

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