It’s the time of year again when we start spending nearly all our free time in the woods, staring downward, looking for morels. We always start the search far too early, and this year is no exception. We knew it was, but we wanted to see how things were looking out there. Turns out, there’s more green stuff above ground than we had expected. Not only are the trout lilies popping up – they’re among the first plants to re-emerge after winter, like crocuses, but longer-lived – but some leeks have sprouted up too.
After our bout in the woods, we headed over to the local greenhouse to check out their trees. We transplanted a white pine from our back acreage up to the front of the house last year. It died. We’re considering a crab apple (so many pretty varieties), a redspire pear, a snowcloud Allegheny serviceberry, an autumn brilliance serviceberry, or a purple robe locust. Any thoughts? It’ll be planted about 25-feet from the road (think: snowplow wake) and 12-feet from the driveway.
While we were traipsing through the woods, rain sprinkled down lightly, but had stopped before we left the nursery. The resulting fog buried the lakes and any chance of a sunset, but we drove up a close hill for a chance of a view. It was just high enough that we could see over the low cloud layer, and then sun was barely burning through the higher fog. It seemed like a good time to try out my new tripod (came with the lens) for a panorama.
Many, many thanks to J. Michael Harroun for the encouragement to make these images, and also for the excellent panorama tutorials for beginners and especially for the copy or Elements that made stitching the images together easy.