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A walk in the woods

 
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It is a lovely day for a walk in the woods, along the sparkling creek. Soon it will be Spring, with loveliness everywhere (and ticks as well). I do enjoy the contours of the earth visible in the winter before the green wall of Spring descends.
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A few more pictures.
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Sparkles
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Creek view
 
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I spotted a flock of Robins on the way back. I must be in a migratory fly-way of some sort, as I have seen several times over the last 4 years huge flocks of Robins along the creek, in both Spring and Fall.

At any rate, they are a welcome sight - Spring must be near!  Hopefully they won’t fly back South when it drops into the teens again tonite!
 
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That creek needs a family of beavers.  I'll look on Amazon and see how much they are selling them for these days.

Beautiful property.
 
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We did have a beaver dam for a while this Spring, Marco, but I think they gave up after being washed out a few times by a few of the many deluges this year!  We had some real gulley-washers. That, or a coyote got them.
 
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Another beautiful day, and it is officially Spring!  One of the things I really enjoy here is that almost every week from now until October there will be a new flower in bloom. The little white ones are in the woods - not sure what they are called, but pretty consistent mid-March. The daffodils are some ancient variety planted long ago on an abandoned homestead. One day I will research the variety.
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Things are beginning to show signs of green. Soon it will be rampant lush growth after a long winter’s nap. If you look close, there are actually prickly pear growing along the granite!
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I do love the 60 degree days of Spring.
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Artie Scott wrote:The little white ones are in the woods - not sure what they are called, but pretty consistent mid-March. The daffodils are some ancient variety planted long ago on an abandoned homestead. One day I will research the variety.



The whilte flowers might be bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanguinaria

Indeed, today was a wonderful day for a walk in the woods!  Thanks for sharing!
 
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Awesome, thank you Phil!  That is really good to know!  Looks like it has many potential uses - I look forward to studying up on it.
 
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Marco, you mentioned that the creek needed some beavers.  Finally found the picture of the dam that ultimately washed out last Summer - haven't seen them since, but I suspect eventually one will try again.
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I love walking by the stream near my home in the woods, it's always so peaceful and relaxing.
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Who dat?
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A break in the rain today, long enough for a walk in the woods. Things are really greening up now, and the butterflies!  They are back. Back to drink the nectar of the redbuds, perhaps.
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Spring feeding the creek
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Spring feeding the creek
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Tornado warnings last nite did not deter a walk in the woods today!  Was quite a storm, and still quite blustery today, but just beautiful to be outside!  
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Spring trail
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Dogwoods on display
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Sun dappled meadow.
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I was checking out a stream a few weeks ago, and within 200 feet, the beavers had built (3) Beaver Dams.  I actually stood on the third beaver dam and snapped a picture and got all three dams in the same photo, which is rather rare. Busy as a beaver I guess...


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I got quite a bit of land, so I seldom venture too far off it, but I am fortunate in that in front of my house is some 7000 acres of undeveloped land, and another 12,000 acres behind my house.

This winter has been a winter of discovery, so in an effort to find more mineralization of this area, I had my wife drop me off a road, and then hiked back home, some 5 miles. The problem with my land is, it is atop of a huge hill, so there are very few streams on it; water leaves this farm, and never really runs through it. So I wanted to see how far off my land the mineralization drew out. To do that, I checked for mineralization in streams along the way, and just explored basically, finding several streams that were not on any map, and seeing what secrets each one held.

Since I had not been in this area before, it was really a lot of fun...tiring, but incredibly fun.

I found this gem; a beaver dam in a draw, the outlet sitting right atop bedrock, and a peaceful little spot. The maps did not even show this stream a existing!

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On the same hike as the above post, I finally made it back onto my own land, and found a part of the stream with some unique history. I had never really seen this stream before in the spring, with no leaves on the trees. Without them I could see where a big earthworks project was about 180 years ago.

As you guys and gals know, I am a 9th generation sheep farmer, and with few streams on this hill, getting water for the sheep would have been top priority. In this picture you can see where the stream eroded, probably from a fallen log or something, but at one time, water ran down the rock wall lined channel, and into the pool for the sheep to drink, then out the spillway. Considering this was done with pick and shoel, this was quite the earth works project. Because of the rocks, and the width of the eroded stream, I would say this was done about 1800-1830.

It was just neat to find some history on this farm that I never knew about.


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Dreary, rainy, gray?  I think not!  I love a walk in the woods on a misty wet morning.
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Pretty warm, but a beautiful walk before it storms.
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we get too busy to hike often enough, but when grandkids visited, we took them to search for hickory nuts. they decided to help the wildlife by filling a nest cavity with the nuts instead of filling their own pockets!    
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fortunately, gramps filled HIS pockets with hickory nuts.  so after also tasting wild grapes, and picking wild apples to snack on when we got back (in their sunflower stalk teepee), the evening snack was fished out of gramps' pocket for more 'look what we found in the woods today' fun...  (this land IS really available to SHARE; it's TOO beautiful to keep to ourselves, and we want others to have the opportunity connect with nature.)
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Looks like some fun memories being made
 
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Beautiful day for a hike.
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Wow, gorgeous spot, Mike!
 
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