A Glorious Spring Day

Yesterday was a glorious spring day here in my sleepy little town, but I had loads of work to do that required my computer and an internet connection. My solution: I bribed myself. "Get the 'administrivia' done as soon a possible so you can hike to your lakeside 'office' and write."

I blasted through my work, ate an early lunch, and headed out.

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trail at lake
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trail to brook

I love our woods year round, but I especially love early spring days when beech trees display their new finery- delicate, ridged green leaves, soft like silk.

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 My "office." A bench built by my 10 and 14 year old and placed so others can enjoy the spot. 

My "office." A bench built by my 10 and 14 year old and placed so others can enjoy the spot. 

office

Yesterday was a day when I felt deep gratitude to be alive in this place on this particular day.

A day of honking geese whose voices echo off the trees.

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Of silent swans flashing feathery fans.

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A day of songbirds skittering as they build nests among bushes.

Of bumblebees defying engineering principals and flying even though it shouldn’t be possible.

Of ephemeral Lady Slippers preparing to bloom.

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A day of turtles popping periscope heads up to look around and take a breath.

A day of tufty grasses poking through sand.

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Of day of dragonflies zipping side to side

and crickets chirping in the meadow on the hike home.

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