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Tue Apr 9, 2013, 03:18 PM

Spring comes hesitantly here in rural MI.

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Thunder and lightning, a sure harbinger of MI Spring, is what prompts this post, although recent winters have also given rise to thunder snows. But those aberrant weather occurances aside, I know it's finally Spring here in the Manistee National Forest because we have a great thunderstorm rolling through.

This may not excite many DUers, but after a not too snowy but nevertheless extended winter, to hear the thundering bellows of a springtime storm rolling across the forest here is welcome relief from a cold, dismal winter.

I've been hearing Red Wing Black birds setting out their territory and mourning doves (with their seemingly soulful cries) the past few days. They will be here throughout the warm seasons; their arrival provides hope as much as their songs, both strident and mournful. The trees have begun to bud.

It's been a tough year here in the national forest. But nature's power being expressed here gives me hope. It will soon warm, in spite of snow forecasts for later this week. The annual spring cleanup is already in progress. And nature will provide an occasional reminder, whether through flora, fauna, or meteorology, that there is good in the world. I can hardly wait for the morel mushrooms to show themselves. Mmmm! Mushroom barley soup is perfect on a late spring evening.

Thanks to all DUers in helping get through the bitterness of winter and giving all hope for a better time. More than once, you all have made my day when nights were cold.

Skäl, my friends.

Here's to warmer months.

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longship Apr 2013 OP
cali Apr 2013 #1
longship Apr 2013 #2
cali Apr 2013 #3
MrScorpio Apr 2013 #4
boomerbust Apr 2013 #5
bemildred Apr 2013 #6
longship Apr 2013 #7

Response to longship (Original post)

Tue Apr 9, 2013, 03:24 PM

1. Lovely. Thanks for the regional update.


Beautiful area.

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Response to cali (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 9, 2013, 03:42 PM

2. I'm still waiting for the peepers to show themselves.

My mere acre is adjoined by a trout stream and some wetlands. I should admit that one does not actually see peepers but hear them. Their voices echo throughout the nights here throughout springtime. I understand that they're little guys, but I cannot say I've ever seen one.

The best time of the year is when one can open a window or two and let the sounds and smells of the forest waft through into the house, also the ozone of an approaching thunderstorm.

The animals are ever present. Deer and wild turkeys on the roads -- the former always seem to run into your car's path, the latter always out of danger. It's amazing that Darwinian evolution hasn't sorted that out, but alas, it hasn't. The deer die on the roads while the turkeys apparently survive. I love the coyotes yipping and howling in the middle of the night.

I always move a turtle out of the way when it ventures out on the dirt roads here, no matter how pissed off they get at being picked up. I only hope that they really wanted to go the direction they were pointing on the road.

Living here has its plussed and its minuses. But when spring arrives, it is all good. Cabin fever wains and the world becomes beautiful, once again.

Thanks for your response.

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Response to longship (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 05:30 AM

3. Me too! Peepers are a big deal around here.


We break out the champagne on first hearing of that loud chorus. I've never seen one either.

Where you live reminds me of where I live.

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Response to longship (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 05:40 AM

4. The thunderstorm was a welcome sight today

Better than a snow storm, for sure.

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Wed Apr 10, 2013, 05:49 AM

5. Iron Mountain area

The Canadian geese have arrived but are hard pressed to find even a little patch of open water. Look on the bright side, it's just a few short months before fall.

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Wed Apr 10, 2013, 08:30 AM

6. +1

Well done ...


This Poem

is for the quiet, uncelebrated
things of the world--
the road to no familiar place,
love's skill on a troubled night,
the unpublished poem and lost song,
the way of the wild drake,
and night's festival of sound;
for body's silent defeat of disease,
and mysteries that hold their secrets.
For multitudes of creatures and created
things clothed in the graceful sanctity
of their rightful natures.

Joseph Harris

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Response to bemildred (Reply #6)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 10:02 AM

7. Thank you very much.

I much appreciate it.

Today, it's not stopped raining and rain (and possible snow) is forecast through next week. There is standing water on the ground. So, we've had quite a bit already.

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