Mother Nature decided to spoil us yesterday, after a week of grey and snowy, rainy weather, and give us a glorious sunny day. It was perfect for playing outside, flying kites, and walks in the woods so after we
gorged ourselves ate Easter dinner, that's what we did.
We spotted the first butterflies who blended in nearly perfectly with the lichen-covered tree bark. It was only when they moved or showed the pretty blue spots on their wings that they gave up their location.
The velvet mites were busy in the leaf litter.
And I spotted this, a devil's urn, the very first I've seen. I've read that this mushroom is a sure sign that spring has arrived in our area and that with it comes morel season. I've never seen a morel up here but it can't hurt to keep looking. They're delicious and well worth the hunt.
Mounds of moss dotted the still mostly grey and brown landscape, and it made a beautiful contrast.
This day of sunshine was just what we needed. I feel my spirits have lifted and am feeling that hopeful spring feeling. I'm feeling inspired by what I saw yesterday too and ideas have started percolating.
Like the woods, I'm making room for change and growth in my life too. One part of which is to simplify a bit.
I've moved my work from my Etsy shop to my Big Cartel shop and I'll be adding new work there soon. I'll still be shopping on Etsy but for now I'll be selling through Big Cartel. (the shop tab at the top of my blog) There will be some challenges with this move; directing traffic to my new shop for one, but I feel it's the best move for me right now. That said...like my stuff? Tell yer friends! (ha ha)(no, really...tell yer friends)
Wishing you all a wonderful start to the week. I hope you're seeing sunshine and feeling as hopeful as I am today.