While out roaming the woods, the author came upon this Canada goose, ducking its head to avoid detection.

In early May I go exploring, before the demands of full-blown spring fill daylight to the brim. Before foliage and understory close in and before the scars of winter are covered, I walk the woodlands and trails not knowing what I might see or find. I go with backpack, camera and a sense of exploration in the season of propagation.

This spring has been sluggish, but the opportunities are there as bugs and buds are slow to show. It’s time to hike. On a gray morning, with a chill lingering, I head up the path into the woods. It’s quiet and devoid of greenness or wildflowers. If I look close on the south base of large trees I find shoots of flowers begging for sun and warmth.

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