Spring again!

Does anyone know what this flower is? It is a perennial -bulb I think.

It’s been a long winter as we move from a couple of years of isolation and many difficulties in the World, so to see the first few glimpses of summer is very comforting to most.

Where better to enjoy the outdoors than a quiet walk down The Oxbow! Stay a while, sit on a park bench and enjoy the birds singing their praises of this warm weather. The frogs are chortling too, especially in the evenings.

Our daffodils are out. Some more bulbs planted recently are yet to appear. There are a few crocus peeping through the grass, planted by the inhabitants of yore. The snowdrops are almost over. We transplanted numerous bunches of them along the trail this spring, so next year we should have a really good show of them.

That thin veil of gossamer green is appearing on the islands as the bushes slowly break out into leaf.

And just look what my dog Morgan found on one of her many sniffing expeditions -a garter snake about a foot long. It’s a pretty creature, even though they make my skin creep. Yes, the reptile world is waking up from hibernation. I suspect we’ll soon see those big old Snapping Turtles trundling along the stream channels, heading for deeper water. And hopefully, not trying to lay eggs in the Oxbow pathway, like last year.

Author: Mike Caswell

I live in Fairport, and my home is at The Oxbow section of The Erie Canal. I fish, have a pontoon boat and like messing in boats. (see www.mud-skipper.com). I'm retired and enjoy every day living here with my wife Carol and our two dogs.

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