Monday, May 18, 2009

The Merry Month of May

Spring is full-on here in Southeast Michigan. Most trees have their leaves, the oaks and hickories are leafing out now, and the forest floor is covered with wildflowers. I am lucky enough to live near state land and a trail that passes through some pretty healthy habitat (not a lot of invasives). Lisa, Lori and I went for a hike yesterday and saw a wonderful variety of plants, from Jack-in-the-Pulpit to early meadow rue and rue anemone to wild geranium and blankets of trillium.

This is, in my opinion, the best time to be in the woods. The canopy is not yet filled out so the forest is bright and airy feeling. The birds are nesting and so the woods are filled with birdsong, and it's early enough that the bugs are not yet a problem. But the best part has got to be the wildflowers--we've identified 14 plants so far. Everywhere you look there's something blooming, and the woods are alive with color.

On another note, the snow leopard is getting closer to being done, albeit slowly. I am planning on entering this piece in an exhibition at the end of the month so I had better get rolling on it!

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