The next few days are going to be warm and sunny. So drove out to California Woods Nature Preserve and had a nice walk (uphill, but not too fast). All along the walkway (some boards down for the walk, some just dirt path), there were spring flowers popping out all over. Here are just a few (those I can name, anyway!).
All along the path we took (named Trillium Path for a reason), there were these lovely white trilliums popping out - so pretty. There were also a few purple ones which were just peeking up - not in full bloom yet but probably out in a few days.
A woodpecker was busy creating holes in the tree trunks, sounding like a construction crew loose in the woods! Did you know that their tongues are super long and actually wrap around their skulls? I didn't believe it, either, but it's true!
Many songbirds chirping. And two hawks (couldn't see what type but definitely hawks) flying high and screeching at each other = mating or fighting or just playing?
Dutchmen's Breeches, those little white funny-looking flowers that do look like puffy breeches hanging from the plant.
I saw these Mayapples but no flowers or buds yet. Maybe in May? You have to look under the large leaves to see the flower and/or the fruit.
And a natural heart in a tree trunk. No carving or initials on it - which is a surprise.
It is predicted to be warm and sunny until Easter Sunday, when it will rain on the egg hunts, I think. Maybe it will hold off until later in the day so the kids (and adults) can search for those chocolate-filled eggs and colored eggs and overdose on candy for the day.
I promise to return to painting next week.