Anna’s Observation 5/9/16

Observation 5/9/16

 

Time: 12 PM.

Weather: 55 degrees F, mostly sunny, breezy.

Location: Green trail observation spot.

 

 

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay

Robert Frost

 

This Frost poem nicely describes the state of the forest today. The sun is finally out after a week of rain – it is warming the top of my head and legs and feels soft and cozy. The leaves are so close to popping out. They’re at the stage Frost describes as “gold, ” where the half-burst buds make the canopy look almost yellow/orange. But nothing gold can stay, so after the next few days of sunshine and warmth I’m sure the mature leaves will finish unfolding and the forest will turn a lush green.

Other signs of spring—the bugs are back in full force. There is a swarm of little black flies near my elbow. One just landed on my arm, and against the contrasting white of my shirt they look almost like fruit flies. They too must have been drawn out by the combination of all the rain and then the sunshine. The river beside me seems livelier today was well. I just heard a loud “plop” which David says must have been a fish, although neither of us saw it. Right near where my Crazy Creek is set up there is something in the water releasing big air bubbles. Whatever is making the bubbles is hiding beneath a layer of leaf litter and mud, so I can’t see it. There are also two water striders jumping along the surface. I want to catch one but I think they’re too far from the bank and I might end up falling in. 

-Anna Barnes

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