When I am out on my Nature Walks I often look up the trees….and think to myself, how beautiful it is.
I fell in love at first sight
the color yellow gave me such
a mellow feeling and brought to me a great light
I Thought to myself… ”Its Spring,
its Spring! I feel so Alive”
I dive into the light of Spring
l feel the Warm Sun upon my face
I know new beginnings are about to come on this first
day of Spring.
Forward in the water…How far shall I go today?
Forward in to the Water I go…
Forward Up the mountain as far as I can go…
Forward down the road and on to new discoveries…
Forward down the River…
Forward down the Mountain…
Forward up the mountain…
Forward through Winter and on to Spring then summer….I am so looking forward to the warm sunshine….
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The seasons up here in Northern California are so beautiful. Sometimes the seasons here are short, but if you pay attention to them you can experience them all. This year we have had a lot of rain, more than I have seen in a long time. Last year was kinda strange as well, we did not have a White Christmas and its looking like we might not get one this year. I guess we will just have to wait and see.
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I ran across these Snow Plants on my Hike up in the High sierra’s. I Found quite a few of them. I was curious to find out about them and this is what I discovered. Their species name is Sarcodes sanguinea, commonly called the snow plant or snow flower. It is a parasitic plant that derives sustenance and nutrients from mycorrhizal fungi that attach to roots of trees. The snow plant takes advantage of this mutualism by tapping into the network and stealing sugars from the photosynthetic partner by way of the fungus. Sarcodes sanguinea is native to western North America from Oregon through the mountains of California into Baja California. Its name derives from the striking red flower that emerges from the sometimes still snow-covered ground in early spring or mid-May in high elevations, such as those of the High Sierra Nevada.
Aspen trees are abound where I live. I love how the sun light shines thru the leaves. In the Fall they change beautiful colors of red, orange and yellow its such an amazing sight to see these trees change colors in the fall. Also, the birds like aspen trees as well, because these trees make a great habitat for birds. They supply ample food and the branches of the trees offer shelter and help protect the birds.