Tag Archives: spring

Last night the Winter King dreamed of pussy willows.

Last night in the heart of February, the Winter King dreamed of pussy willows. He dreamed of them sitting atop red buds in the lair of his woods. He dreamed them fresh with life and song and laughter. But, because … Continue reading

Posted in February 2021 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 38 Comments

Hungry bear in the neighborhood

We’ve experienced a little excitement in our neck of the woods this week.  On Monday morning we awoke at 6 a.m. to a broken bird feeder and garbage strewn about the lawn. “I think we’ve been visited by a bear,” … Continue reading

Posted in May, 2020 | Tagged , , , , , | 26 Comments

Lake Superior Creature Fairy Tale

In the old days, older than the oldest days, long before you drew your first ragged breath, long before your grandmother’s grandmother’s grandmother drew her first ragged and tentative breath–that’s when this story begins. In the bottom of Lake Superior … Continue reading

Posted in April, 2019 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 30 Comments

In which I see my first UFO

I intended to write a nice calm environmentally friendly post about a lovely Sunday morning sashay around the woods with a camera.  About this very special time of year when the temperatures hover below freezing and the snow has condensed … Continue reading

Posted in April, 2019 | Tagged , , , , , , , | 56 Comments

“Keeps on keepin’ on”

  First things first.  I am not going to complain about our endless winter here in the North Woods.  (At least publicly.  Maybe we can gripe together privately, if we’re experiencing a frustrated moment or day or week or month.) … Continue reading

Posted in April 2018 | Tagged , , , , , , | 32 Comments

Ice fishing, robins, winner, Easter

  Good Easter weekend to all of you!  Our celebration consists of roasting a turkey, the frozen bird a courtesy of Barry’s boss at Christmas. The snow keeps melting, but oh-so-slowly.  Spring teases us, promises us, then withdraws her favors. … Continue reading

Posted in March 2018 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 32 Comments

Spring miracle

I can’t wait another second to tell you the news. (Besides, you asked for an update.) Some of you may remember last month’s blog about the little tame chipmunk from last summer.  He had a crack in his ear, and … Continue reading

Posted in May 2016 | Tagged , , , , , , | 28 Comments

Quiet spring meditation in the woods

It sometimes takes a long time–a truly long time–maybe even years, or decades, or a lifetime–for one to learn how to truly become quiet in the woods. So quiet, so still, that there is no difference between you and the … Continue reading

Posted in April, 2016 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 60 Comments

Slapping mosquitoes, picking off wood ticks and welcoming spring

Happy weekend, readers. The last day of May beckons. I just slapped a mosquito here in the house, ending its short buzzing life. They rise in clouds in the woods, singing their blood-sucking songs.  Barry thinks I exaggerate about the … Continue reading

Posted in May 2014 | Tagged , , , , , , | 26 Comments

Morning fog

Posted in May 2014 | Tagged , , , | 15 Comments