It was a beautiful day yesterday so I packed up the camera, sketchbook, pen and watercolors and headed out to see what signs of spring I could find. I chose Bourne, mostly because I wanted to look for the king eider that has been seen hanging out with the common eiders in the canal and I wanted to see it if I could.
See if you can spot the king eider in this flock…
I didn’t spot him either though I looked at each and every bird more than once through binoculars.
We headed over to Four Ponds Conservation Area which is one of my favorite places. We found lots of signs of spring there.
By the little stream we found skunk cabbage and watercress. We also spotted a mourning cloak butterfly. I got out my sketchbook and we did the rest of the walk in slow motion as I stopped to sketch along the way.
Although I love to take photos and take a lot of them, the sketching slows me down and allows me to really look at the details.
We saw our first painted turtles of the year, and a lot of them.
and the first buds of mayflower or trailing arbutus
I spied some whimsical things like these
and then, at the end of our day we stopped by Peterson’s Farm to see the new baby lambs just because…
I’ll be posting more of my favorite first signs of spring over the next days and weeks. What are some of yours?