April 23, 2007

Bazing, It's Spring


Vinca (minor?)

The sudden improvement in the weather shocked us so much we were forced outdoors to enjoy it.

The girls and I leisurely grabbed our first two geocaches of the year. One was in an old house foundation in Berkley. The other was near a very old Liriodendron Tulipifera (picture, description). This particular tree was apparently planted by a signer of the Declaration of Independence, namely William Ellery.

Unfortunately, the Liriodendron was not in bloom. We’ll have to go back in May and check it out to see if it’s got leaves and blooms by then.

Be careful when beginning physical activity after a winter’s inactivity. You need to ease into it. Inactivity wasn’t this poor fellow’s problem — you likely can’t run even half of a marathon if you haven’t trained. Nonetheless, it pays to keep moderation in mind during these seasonal transitions, and when the weather is unexpectedly warm.

BTW - the Vinca (periwinkle?) pictured in this post was growing in the old abandoned foundation and through the surrounding woods. Vinca is an invasive cultivated plant, and it’s interesting to imagine the folks who lived in the house long ago before the forest took over again. Their human family has moved on, but the Vinca that they cared for remains, tenaciously clinging to the area.

Posted by James at April 23, 2007 9:13 AM
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