Well into the first week of April, and spring continues to toy with us. While the days have been pleasant, we’re still getting a bit of frost on most nights. Yesterday started pleasant enough, but by the afternoon a cold gray wind had blown in a rainstorm which turned to snow and slush for much of the evening (snow in April ?!?). This morning was sunny and warm, though quite muddy. I had free time in the morning, so headed out to explore.
In the Morningstar orchard right outside my door, the cherry trees have yet to really start flowering (although the week of frost-free days in the 60’s and 70’s which is forecast will likely change that). The dwarf cherry shrubs have already passed the peak of their flowering and have started to open their leaves.
I walked through High South field to one of my favorite places on the farm, a spot where a vein of quartz ( the most common rock at Twin Oaks) breaks to the surface. There are large boulders of white quartz crystal and many smaller pieces thrust out of the ground, with a huge old oak standing overhead. It is a spot which becomes fairly inaccessible once the poison ivy really starts growing, but it’s quite lovely now.
Quartz rock quite literally litters the ground all over Twin Oaks (which is in fact just about the only place I’ve ever been where there is so much quartz crystal and so little other rock), but it is rare to find a piece this large which is pure white.
close-up of the swirly patters at the base of the stump. I’ve always been so fascinated with the shapes and patterns of nature, thankful that this project is giving me a chance to really “get into it.”
On the way back, I was checking stumps for mushrooms. Didn’t spot anything recent (probably still too much frost), but the shelf mushrooms that have been clinging to the stumps all winter were definitely enjoying the warmth and moisture, all spongy-swollen and soft.