What a difference thirty hours makes!
Bye bye, Blast of Winter.
Hello, Full On Spring!
Once the storm stopped, the sky cleared, and the sun returned,
it's amazing how fast the solar heat melted yesterday's snow.
Flood Water Pond
After our intense May snowstorm, I went for a walk along Piney Creek
to enjoy the cool spring weather and to look for signs of spring.
What little remained of yesterday's snow
seemed to melt in front of my eyes.
Snow lingered on the north side of fallen trees
and tilted on the north side of clumps of grass.
I wasn't the only one enjoying
the warm sunshine.
basked in the sun
in an ephemeral pond
formed from recent rain
and melting snow.
Leaves busted out on the cottonwoods everywhere,
eagerly turning sunlight into chemical energy.
The Aurora City Park may look barren at first glance,
but you can find all kinds of interesting things when you look closer.
Nature Paints in Duckweed and Foam
A Rabbit Freezes, Hoping for Invisibility
Tiny flowers peak
The park is filled with the sounds of running water and the chuck-trill of redwing blackbirds.
Cottonwoods Filled with Small Birds
A Fragile Home for New Life
You have to be careful when you step off the path.
You never know what might lurk underfoot.
Sharp Spines Protect New Growth
There are wonderful patterns and textures all around.
Shadows on Snow on Grass
Old Man Cottonwood
Ants on Quartz
Lichen on Bark
Bright New Leaves
Cottonwood Through Cottonwood
A Living Fossil ~ Equisetum (Horsetail)
I have walked through this long, skinny park hundreds of times,
but I never tire of its changing seasons and moods,
nor its gentle beauty.
Water for Life
Grasses and Plants Thrusting Through
Snow Caught at the Base of a Cottonwood
It is a perfect spring day, a unique spring day,
never to be duplicated in our constantly changing world.