As lovely as the trip to Michigan was—I especially remember the Magnolias with pleasure—it is good to be back in Vermont. I woke to snow providing a backdrop to set off the early blooming Crocus, Forsythia and Daphne.
The day gradually warmed with this marvelous Spring sun. Rob and I met at Berlin Pond to see what birds had arrived. The delight, however, was not a bird but a River Otter (Lontra canadensis) that we watched swim—seemingly without effort—for several minutes until it all of a sudden came up with a very large fish in its mouth! What a remarkable thing to see!
I feel so fortunate to live this close to the natural world. The acres of roadways in Detroit may have a place in the world, but so do Otters and Daphne.