The sunshine had returned after another bout of snow and slowly I strolled down the hill toward the pond to check on the little mass of eggs that I had spotted there last week. All morning I had heard birds heralding the approach of Spring: A screech owl hooting in the pines before first light, the Northern Cardinals singing at dawn, tom turkeys calling the hens, the cooing of the doves. But now I heard the strangest noise.
When I got closer to the pond I was greeted by the most amazing sight. Dozens of little frogs were swimming, floating and frolicking on its surface. Their happy little croaking songs seemed to be screaming “Life is Good”. I managed to snap a photo of one of them before the party broke up and I have a feeling this is the source of the eggs. This morning the pond is FULL of eggs.
I wouldn’t doubt if their chorus will be joined by the Spring Peepers very shortly. That little shoot of green is the first of the water iris plants to emerge. I really look forward to their bright yellow flowers in the late spring!
When I got back to the house, the tom turkeys had assembled in the side yard along with a harem of hens. Seems like everybody has Spring Fever!
I love the iridescent, coppery glow that turkey feathers have when the sun hits them. I’ve completed quite a few paintings of turkeys and turkey feathers but this is one of my favorites.
The flowers are Dogwood tree blossoms, Virginia’s state flower and one of the first trees to flower here in the Spring.
Have a great week and let nature’s happy little signs (and songs) of Spring cheer you along!