Thursday, March 19, 2009

"One More Lap Around"

If you live in Ohio, I don't have to tell you how beautiful it has been these past few days. This morning was no exception, though it was a little cooler--and more seasonable to be honest. Before we leave tomorrow on our trip, I took one more walk around the loop: through the orchard to the back pasture and up through the woods trail that spills you back out at the cabin.
The ground was spongy soft with moss that is thriving on the dew and warming temperatures. The understory of the woods sparkled with the leftovers of an early morning rain shower. The sun was noticeably warm on my backside. LeRoy ran ahead of me through the grass and leaves, scampering around like the puppy he is apparently channeling.

"Just one more lap around!" That was what I used to say to my dad when I was about seven years old on one of our family vacations at Lake Dunmore in Vermont. Dad would let me steer the little outboard motor on our rented rowboat around and around the inlet in front of our cabin. Thanks for that, Dad.
I could take "one more lap around" my loop a million times and never tire of it.
Lilac in bud, check.
Naturalized daffs coming up, check.
Misty, lacy, dew-dropped woods, check.
Fairy orbs in place, double check.
And look at this fabulous nest from last year. Heather of the Hills, if you're reading, do you know what made it?
And what does it use to glue it over the suspending branch like this? Amazing!
Well--there you go, until March 31 or so. Have a GREAT spring equinox tomorrow everyone! It's here!


*~tabby~* crooked heart art said...

ahhh mom nature sure is bursting all over at your place!
i just saw snow flurries???
thanks for stopping by
hope your trip is fun and relaxing
enjoy your day
tabby :)

Heather said...

Hi Meg. Thanks for taking us on a walk on your loop. I bet you could walk that loop over and over in one day and notice something new every time around. That happens to me a lot when walking around my neck of the woods. About that nest... I'm afraid I don't know. :( I was going to guess a hummingbird nest, but after looking around online a bit, I see it's WAY too big for that, not positioned correctly on the branches, and not made of the right material to be a hummer nest. I would venture to guess, though, that spider webs were used, in some part, in adhering that nest to the branches. I'll try to do some more research and see if I can come up with an answer for you (I love a good challenge!). I'm sure you're on your way down south by now, but Happy Spring to you, and have a safe and fun trip!

Heather said...

Hi again... So after a little Googling, I've found that Vireos and Flycatchers build nests like the one you shared here. That's about the best I can do. ;)

mamawhatthe said...

Ooh... love the birds nest! It's difficult to tell how big it is from the picture; but orioles make nests like that too.

I can't wait to hear about your trip. I have been drifting in and out of the blogosphere these last few weeks due to my daughter's play schedule. I am the proud mom of Thing 1. :D

When do we get an update photo of LeRoy?!

Meg said...

Hi All!
Thanks for the comments. Thanks, Heather for the research! I didn't mean to give you homework, but I'm glad you took up the challenge : ) We have vireos and flycatchers for sure. John sees and hears the vireos all the time. I've seen orioles, too, Maggie, but much more scarcely. How cool that they use spider webs to "glue" the nest to the branch! ha ha! That makes me laugh with delight.
Maggie: I have to tell the story of our "all grown up, sorta" LeRoy. After the Mexico posts...