Observations on nature and gardening from an Carolina wildlife gardener
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
A spring night hike
I'd scheduled a spring full moon hike for April 6 (at the botanical garden where I work), not realizing that it was Good Friday (so maybe not such a good time for Christian observers), but then again, it may be a lovely evening to connect with nature and spirit.
A previous (almost) full moon
The warm season in the Southern U.S. --spring, summer, and fall-- is magical with night sounds. Insects and frogs (of many species) are the primary players in the nocturnal symphony, with birds punctuating the transition from dusk to dark, and perhaps some of the night flying birds (such as owls) will be calling out.
The exceptionally warm winter and early spring means that the nocturnal symphony is playing earlier than normal. Enjoy!
Our gardens (in the piedmont of SC and the mountains of NC) are increasingly home to native plants, birds, small mammals, and insects of all sorts. My gardening companion (my husband) is equally the gardener in our gardens. Woody, our rescue Golden, is now putting his own stamp on our gardens. He follows his previous fellow goldens (and my former gardening assistants): Mocha and Chessie. They bring life to our gardens.
I reduce the sizes of most images, but they're still bigger than what's seen on the blog (click to enlarge!)
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