Kali and I haven't walked in "my" preserve for several weeks because it's been so muddy. But yesterday Kali didn't have to go to work, the skies were cloudless, and the paths had dried enough so that Kali wouldn't complain about muddy shoes, so we hit the trails for a late afternoon walk.
We've hardly had any snow this winter, so most of the native grasses are still standing tall and beautiful.
Most of the early spring birds have arrived now - especially flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds and a few American Woodcocks. Just last Sunday, a pair of American Kestrels hovered over the fields in search of rodents hiding in the high grass. Though we may be in for a snowstorm tomorrow, spring's approach is unmistakable.
Last weekend (Saturday, February 23), Kali and I drove 2-1/2 hours to Baltimore for the American Craft Council Show at the Baltimore Convention Center. This is the largest fine art craft show in the country (650 craft artisans), and it was spectacular (as always). Since Kali and I are in our de-accession stage of life, we only bought one decorative piece for the wall, a piece of jewelry for Kali, and a holiday gift for Kali's boss. We look at the show as if we were going to a craft museum, since all of the work is of the highest quality.
|In the "blue" motif - a detail from "Aspens," an etched and illuminated glass wall sculpture|