Spring Emerging - Earth Day 2020

Blossom by blossom Spring begins, unthwarted by troubles of this world....

And so Spring's transition, which starts imperceptibly with longer days, slightly warmer temperatures, faint touches of chartreuse on dormant wood and the stirring of frogs and birds, finally emerges with an explosion of blooms and fluttering leaves.

Daylight comes earlier now as evidenced on my morning activities which only a few weeks ago were shrouded in darkness, now reveal the start of the day.
Most Splendid Start #sunrise #morningcalm #shirleywalks #shirleyruns #chambana #waterreflection

The forest floor comes to life, awakened by wildflowers:
Dutchman's Breeches
Snowy Flowers Carpet the Forest Floor #seenonmywalk #forestpreserve #covidspring

A Sea of Bluebells
Sea of Bluebells

The sea of Bluebells welcomed us as royalty #shirleyhikes #seenonmyhike #forestspring #springwildflowers #bluebells #champaignforests #forestpreserve #covidspring

The bluebirds settle into their summer homes.
Like an Old Married Couple

Even with Shelter in Place restrictions, we are able (even encouraged) to spend time outside. The Illinois State parks are closed, but the local county forest preserves remain open. I normally hike the forest trails on the weekend and enjoy the lovely gardens.
Spring at the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden

Seen from the Banks

Covered Bridge

Happy Earth Day and Welcome Spring!

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