The Adirondack Spring Mosey

Mt Marcy Spring Snow May 2014

Mt. Marcy covered in May snow in the Adirondacks.

Mother Nature  took her time getting to spring in the Adirondacks this year.  Miraculously, the damp, snowy, and cold spring of last weekend is a mere memory, supplanted by yesterday’s surprise 70-degree heat. Slowly but surely, the spring sun cannot be denied; it is getting warmer and greener in the Adirondacks.

Ziggy Sun Researcher 05-14

After exhaustive research, the Adirondack lifestyle hound declares the sun officially springtime warm.

Hardwood buds, delicate Spring Beauties, and Yellow Wood Violets are barely discernible, but a sharp eye is rewarded.

Adk yellow wood violets 05-09-14

Yellow Wood Violets made their 2014 appearance this week in the Adirondacks.

The sweet, flowery fragrance of Spring Beauties is a treat for the perceptive hiker with a good nose.

Adk Spring Beauties 05-09-14

Fragrant Spring Beauties carpet the open hardwoods and line hiking trails.

A dance requires a melody.  The Adirondack Spring Mosey chugs along to the sound track of the Chickadee mating call, “Hey Zigggeeeee, hey Zigggeeee, hey Zigggeeee,” honking Geese, shrieking Blue Jays and Saw-Whet Owls, quacking Mallards, peeping Spring Peepers, yelping and gobbling Turkeys, and melodious Thrushes.

Drumming Grouse and the rat-a-tat-tat of Woodpeckers provide a solid percussion track for this slow dance, and the lost Sea Gulls’ screams seem right at home alongside Adirondack Raven and Crow caws.

Adk Pileated Woodpecker tree 05-09-14

Woodpecker bongo drum.

It may mosey, but spring does not come quietly to the Adirondacks.

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