Friday, May 2, 2014

Spring greening, not cleaning

I've been getting a little antsy recently about the prospect of missing a chance to collect photos of some early blooming local wildflowers for a project I'm working on. Yesterday, to reduce my agitation, instead of cutting down on coffee, I devoted some time to a quick reconnoiter of a nearby Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) at Franconia Bluffs. The part of the world reconnoitered is beginning to green up.

Spring greening
Spring greening               © harrington

Although there are no blossoms to be seen as yet.

No woodland wildflowers yet
No woodland wildflowers yet     © harrington

The St. Croix River, at the foot of the bluffs, is high and humming right along.

St. Croix River flowing bank full +
St. Croix River flowing bank full +   © harrington

During the drive home, some white pelicans made one of their infrequent appearances in the area.

pelicans passing through
pelicans passing through      © harrington

Of course, you know that had to lead to this limerick by

Dixon Lanier Merritt


A funny old bird is a pelican.
His beak can hold more than his bellican.
Food for a week
He can hold in his beak,
But I don't know how the hellican.

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