We tried another park today, looking for wildflowers. I think the folks that are seeing them either know a whole bunch more than I do, or they are considerably further south. We're still in early spring here. I think we're supposed to get more snow this week, though I hope it's not much. We're all rather tired of snow. But there is, in fact, nature out there. And looking for the wildflowers this week has been very enjoyable, even if we didn't find any.
We saw a bunch of red pine trees.
Which Monkey and I took a look at to see what they were. I pulled out my field guide, which I had remembered to bring today, and figured out what we were looking at. Short, squat pine cones. Double needles. Red pine.
There is a lot of grass, which when summer comes will be much less pleasant, as it is known to be home to ticks, and if the flowers ever get here, the bees will also like them. Spring is much easier for this Mama, who's still making the transition to outdoorsman. But for now, it was pleasant and beautiful, and I was pretty comfortable letting Monkey explore it a bit.