Foretelling of Spring

Holden, Massachusetts

Forsythia and her companions:
Purple Hyacinth…
And Green Salad Bowl Lettuce Seedlings.

Donkey Duet

The donkeys at Alta Vista Farm in Rutland, MA didn’t mind posing for a few photographs during a recent visit.

Alta Vista Farm, Rutland, Massachusetts

Donkey Hodie in Massachusetts

Rutland, Massachusetts

According to Wikipedia:

Inspired by the funny, quirky side of children’s television pioneer Fred Rogers, Donkey Hodie is set in the whimsical land of Someplace Else. The imaginative puppet series follows the adventures of Donkey Hodie, an enthusiastic and charming go-getter who takes on each day with curiosity, resilience, and sincerity, and her pals Purple Panda, Duck Duck, and Bob Dog. The social-emotional series is designed to empower children ages 3–5 to dream big and overcome obstacles in their own lives, to work hard and persevere in the face of failure, to be resourceful and discover they can solve problems on their own—and to laugh themselves silly along the way.

Above and Below

The Wildlife Pond is coming alive with the warm weather.

Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton, MA

Dromedary Delight

How surprising and uplifting it was to encounter this rescue camel enjoying a warm spring day at a local farm.

Holden, MA

Door To Door

Holden, Massachusetts

Enjoying the complementary architectural styles of next door neighbors observed during a pre-spring local warm weather walk.

How Sweet (And Colorful) It Is

Princeton, Massachusetts

Maple sugaring continues in Massachusetts.
Sugarmakers often use eye-catching plastic sap buckets in lieu of the traditional galvanized metal type. There is some controversy surrounding them, as plastic may only last a few years. However, plastic is light weight, and will not rust. Additionally, you can see the sap through them.

How Sweet It is

It’s Maple Sugaring season in Massachusetts.

Maple Sugaring Buckets, Princeton, MA
More information about maple syrup in Massachusetts can be found here, in a post I wrote in 2020..
43 gallons of sap are needed to make 1 gallon of syrup.
The Sap Castle, Rutland, Massachusetts

Before the Storm

Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton, MA

“Willow”, a Longtime Resident of Wachusett Meadow.
Tufted Titmouse
Red Squirrel
Vacation Week School Children
Children’s Backpacks Ready to Go

Watershed Walk

Wachusett Reservoir Watershed Tributary Headwaters Zone, Mason Farm, Holden, MA

The expansive fields of the Wachusett Reservoir Watershed Zone are open to the public for hiking and bird watching. The extended hill climb leads up to a noted former dairy farm.

Winter Meditation

Zen inspired elements enhance my winter garden.

Zen inspired landscaping offers opportunities for meditation and contemplation in my winter garden. Bamboo is one of the loveliest and most recognizable features.
An invitation to sit is provided by a worn stair step. Below it are smooth hand chosen stones from the Atlantic Ocean.
Rocks suggest mountains, stability…
…and sculptures.
The aged laurel bush, worn by time and weather, is a favorite shelter for native and migrating birds.
A weathered bird feeder ornament intrigues our feathered visitors.
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