Friday, January 6, 2012

A Sign of Spring

After being house bound for several days by high winds and cold weather, we finally rolled our bikes out for a short ride.  It was after 10 in the morning, only 56 degrees, but it was sunny and, thankfully, the wind was almost calm.  We rarely start our rides this late.

We saw a sign of spring on the nearby ranch, in the pasture with dog fennel that I have often photographed and posted in this blog.  Ranch machinery was mowing down the now brown stand of dog fennel.  Soon the pasture will be green and filled with cattle.  By early May, the first rains of summer will turn the land boggy, and wood storks, heron, and giant egrets will populate the area.  And by mid summer the dog fennel will once again stand tall.