The other small flowers follow quickly, such as the violets.
The Downy Serviceberry (Shadbush) is flowering all around the lake, providing bright splashes of white along the otherwise still-drab shoreline. This plant got its common name because it blooms when the Shad are running. Since it grows along water edges, it was probably omnipresent for the fishermen.
We have a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers spending time nearby by; they frequent all the stumps and snags around the area, and I was able to get some good pictures even though they like to hide out in protected areas.
The trees have also started to bud out, with tiny, delicate leaves emerging.
The buds of this year's blueberry crop are formingtoo.
|Blueberry Leaf Buds|
I saw a few turtles sunbathing, getting their first warmth from the sun, and a pair who swam right beside my kayak for a bit before realizing I was there and darting down into the mud. The water is still extremely clear, and it is warming up.
Ferns are also sprouting, with their fiddleheads starting to unfurl from their webs.