What a difference in a weeks time! Not a speck of fog this morning when Pascal and I left the house! According to my computer the temperature was 53`. I still needed my jacket ~ over a sweater & a sweatshirt, but the air was noticeably warmer than it was earlier in the week. We haven’t been to Heather Farms in a few months. In the winter when it rains it gets too muddy. Besides being muddy, it’s not the best time to go, as most of the geese and the ducks have gone elsewhere, and hardly any of the plants in the gardens are blooming- buts that’s Winter.
Springtime at Heather Farms is always spectacular, and an ideal place to bring the camera. I am so looking forward to getting new photos for my notecards- Hmmmmm- it’s really NOT actually spring yet. But it FEELS like spring. I look over at Pascal who’s looking out the window of the car. Do I turn left & go to town for a walk, or do I turn right and head for Heather Farms~? I really, really, don’t want Pascal to get muddy. But it’s been two weeks since we’ve had rain. How muddy could it be now?
I turn right. We’re going to Heather Farms!!
We have about a 20 minute walk down a paved road before we actually get to Heather Farms and I’m happy to see along the way that there are several clusters of paperwhites ~ and even a few early daffodils, in full bloom; Spring was in the air!
Arriving at the path to Heather Farms we stood at the top of the hill for a few minutes, surveying the fields and the canal below us ~ The crisp early- morning air seemed so still~ and so quiet! The ground definitely was still wet, but if didn’t look too muddy. Okay, Pascal! Let’s go!
We had just barely started down the hill when I heard the familiar sound of geese squabbling. All right! Surly I’d get some pictures today! Rounding the curve in the path, we arrived at a clearing beside the pond that the geese & ducks have made their beach. This morning, with the exception of the ducks swimming in the canal, the pond appeared empty. But the beach was packed~ packed with geese! Mating season must have begun. The beach reverberated with squawking, reminding me of a political convention. One goose would get right into another’s face, squawking & nipping with wings extended, until the other goose backed away. We stopped to watch “the show” for a few minutes. I was anxious thinking that Pascal would bark at them and disrupt everything, but he didn’t make a sound; in fact, he looked bored~ so after taking a few quick pictures, we moved on.
On the opposite side of the path, just a bit beyond the noisy beach, it was quiet except for the light sound of water splashing. The canal at this point, was overgrown with reeds so at first I didn’t notice the pair of mallard ducks floating among them. Getting closer I saw a large white shape- Excited, I reached for my camera. At first it was hard to tell what I was looking at, as all I could see were two stick-like, long legs extending from a large, white, headless body- The head was buried under the water, but I had an idea of what it was. Last fall I was lucky enough to come across a beautiful, graceful bird, the Snowy Egret. Standing alone on the beach that today was populated with geese, it looked so elegant & magnificent set against the backdrop of trees in their fiery red orange & yellow, fall-leaf attire. This, I discovered, was the origin of the splashing sounds I was hearing. When the egret lifted his head from the water, he started a strange sort of stamping “dance” in the reeds. With one of his large feet he’d stamp the reeds continuously, now & then submersing his head below the water. The stamping must have been a way to make insects, or whatever he was eating that was in the reeds, come out so he could catch catch them in his mouth! I took several pictures of him but he seemed to be in constant motion so it was difficult to get a good one. I feel rewarded to have finally gotten this one good picture of him~ We walked just a bit further down the path , and there, standing directly in front of us was a beautiful mallard duck. He stood very still as if he were posing. “Click” – gottcha! It may not have quite been Spring yet, but it was definitely in the air!
I’m excited to add these new photos to my growing collection for new notecard sets to be added to my shops soon. Last week was a busy one, but I was able to complete and list my fifth lamb, Amelie~ and I listed two new sets of note cards, Glistening Orange, and Bench of Poppies. I’m currently still working on the baby blanket I’m knitting for my grandson who turns 1 this week. I haven’t worked on a dress since before Christmas. I thought it would be a nice break to work on my knitting and notecards and while I love doing both of those, I hadn’t realized until a few days ago, how much I miss working on my dresses, so this afternoon, guess what I did! I cut out a new dress! All that I know right now is that it will be a size 2 and it’s a beautiful shade of light, light, pink. Mainly I need to concentrate on finishing the blanket, but if I have a dress all pleated; ready to smock & embroider, I may just be able to work on it a bit this week too. I’ll let you know~ Have a great week!