Monday, March 8, 2010

Spring's teasing: Time to celebrate the simple life!

Sunny Monday and it's still 12 days to the Vernal Equionox.  Spring is teasing: Coyotes yip, howl  and romance at night, crows raise a ruckus at dawn, bluebirds flit in meadows, deer are looking mighty shaggy as their winter coats shed, maple sap is pinging in buckets, turkey flocks strut meadows and squirrels are in hyperactive overdrive. A lone turkey vulture rides the crystal blue sky as the distant call of sandhill cranes in flight announces their return; the earliest I can ever recall. And then there is that robin, staring at his reflection in the window as if to say, "What are you doing here guy. This is my territory!!"  And that's just up by me, in my still snow covered slab of land in northern most Oakland County.  No matter where you travel in our county of hills and valleys, flat lands and flood plain, woods and suburbia the signs of the new season are everywhere. But you have to get out the car and walk. There is no better way to refresh yourself then leaving the world of ashpalt and iPods, Facebook and Twitter and all our modern "conveniences" that cut us of from the reality of nature's way on a beautiful day. Follow the wisdom  of John Burroughs classic comment, "To find the unviersal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening be thrillled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring, these are some of the rewards of the simple life."


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