Last night I was in Ann Arbor watching the University of Michigan’s Brigadoon with my Aunt. This morning, before driving back to home I took myself for a walk in the arboretum, a park on the banks of the Huron River.
As I got out of the car I was met by these two. They were welcoming me to the park.
I was looking for spring, and there were a few signs.
I was out early, and the park was full of animals and birds, but no other people. I saw a little red squirrel chasing a bigger brown squirrel, and above them was a red tailed hawk just squawking away. Then I heard footsteps behind me; a little herd of deer was passing me on the hill, coming up from the river. They looked at me, I looked at them, and I think we all smiled, it was such a beautiful morning even though the sky was heavy with clouds and the threat of rain.
I moved along, looking for more signs of spring. If you looked closely you could see quite a bit of green.
And I was thinking of Diana when I took this photo; it reminded me of snakes.
Eventually I got back to the memorial to my parents that sits near the canoe landing.
Even though it’s been there a few years now it still makes my heart beat faster when I first see it. I wish they were walking in the Arb with me, but I guess in a sense they are.
This is the canoe landing near their stone. Pretty, ey?
Nearby was a downed ash tree, with the pretty but fatal marks of the ash borer that killed it.
And another friendly goose. My Mom always liked the Canadian geese that visited her dock down in Alabama.
Then I looked just down the river and saw this graffiti on the train trestle.
It seemed fitting. So I did.