A few signs of Spring—along with the leftover bones of winter—revealed themselves among the rocks and red cedars in the gullies just north of Garden of the Gods this past weekend as the season made its official debut. Off the tourist path, the smaller treasures that surround Garden of the Gods are often its most spectacular.

 

8 Responses to Spring Sign

  1. Liz says:

    I love the signs of spring that pop up in March, only to have to push their way through again with the snows of April. Nice Noel, thanks!

  2. Mary Ellen says:

    Loved this–and the Bluebird!

  3. Mary H says:

    Lovely photos. I liked the juniper roots.
    But not sure how all of these are signs of spring.
    Over in Stetson we have purple crocus coming up!

  4. Betty Jo says:

    Ah, the brave Mourning Cloak butterfly, shown several times in these beautiful photos. This rather large butterfly overwinters in tree bark cavities, rock crevices, etc. and manages to hide from the wrath of winter, birds and other predators.

    • Noel Black says:

      Thanks for the info, Betty Jo. That butterfly followed us for almost the entire hike.

  5. Lenore says:

    I would call these signs of spring a la Georgia O’Keefe.

    BTW the “bluebird” is a scrub jay, a year-round resident that is soon to begin it’s territorial swooping flight and “ack ack ack ack” call.

  6. Nancy says:

    I keep playing this over and over just for the music. I can’t decide if it feels as if it’s spring or as if I’m in an old Leghorn cartoon. Nice, either way.

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