Walk in the Pines

We crossed our creek to our pine forest today to plant some pignut hickory nuts, willow oak acorns and beech nuts. The pignut hickory nuts came from a walk we took on Christmas day at Betsy Bell Park here in Staunton. The acorns came from downtown Richmond and the beech nuts from my mom’s in Maryland.

Notice this ridiculously large vine wrapped around this tree. It’s probably japanese honeysuckle. We’ve started trying to rid our property of this invasive species. It totally covers the trees and kills them. Total eradication might be impossible. We will do our best.

Dave sees a bitty crayfish in the creek.

Spring Showers

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Two months of winds, three weeks of dryness and then a week of rain and more to come. Spring has sprung!

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sweet woodruff

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Less than a month old and the chicks are down by the spring house foraging with the rest of the flock.

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Leo

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A proud and dutiful protector and provider. I saw him give a little crawly thing to one of the chicks.

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I believe this is the youngest chick.

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See all the marvelous watercress in the spring. I must remember to harvest some for lunch.

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Dave can’t resist and the chick soon settles down.

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Afternoon Walk

It’s been a very wet winter and I noticed an abundance of moss on the trees and rocks near the house.

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These mosses are down by the spring.

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I found a new book in the library – The magical world of Moss Gardening. I’m having a difficult time identifying the type of moss. I guess I need to bring the book with me on my walk. My photos are not detailed enough.

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So I will just enjoy them unnamed.

I’m listening to On Being on public radio. Krista Tippett is interviewing Robin Wall Kimmerer – a bryologist – who described mosses as “the coral reefs of the forests.”

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A view of the house from across the spring.

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Duckies

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Duckies behinds

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Frida followed me down to the spring.

I always feel better after taking a walk outside.