Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Looking for spring


Last weekend I got to enjoy a walk in the park with my aunt. And here another weekend is approaching and I haven’t shared with you what we found.

I guess I better get cracking.

A perfect spring day spent out in the woods.

We went to Hudson Mills, a park over near Dexter Michigan, not so far from where she lives, but far enough away we don’t get there very often. It reminded me quite a lot of my favorite park, Kensington, and in fact it’s part of the same park system.

Such wonderful light falling through the new leaves.

There was a paved bike/walking path, and then lots of wooded nature trails to explore. We walked some of my aunt’s favorite trails, looking for evidence of spring, especially a particular dogwood tree she enjoys every year .

We found her dogwood in full bloom, shining in the morning light.

Luckily for us we had sunshine and slightly warm temperatures for our walk. Perfect. These are trails she knows well, and she knew just where to look for the early wildflowers too.

Spring beauty, so delicate with it’s pink stripes, was everywhere.

We walked in the dappled shade of newly leafed trees and watched the ground intently for surprises.

A trillium hides waiting to be discovered.

You could walk right past many of these wonderful bits of spring. But if you’re vigilant, you’ll see very special things.

My mom loved these jack-in-the-pulpit plants. Later in the season there will be red berries too.

It was so much fun when one or the other of us found something special and explained “Look!”

Wild geranium added color.

There was something to see no matter where we looked.

Tiny, deep purple, violets made us smile.

You could spend hours wandering these nature trails any time of the year and see beautiful things.

Purple is such a great color for spring!

We had such a good time walking in the woods together.

Walking just for the sheer joy of being out there.

And when we headed back to the car, we ran into a goose family with one little one trying to be grown up before he or she was old enough to care.

“And another thing! My mama’s gonna whip your….”

It was a fun end to a perfect day at the park.

“Geesh, kids today…”

Can’t wait for our next one!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

19 thoughts on “Looking for spring

  1. The baby goose photo/caption is so good! Here in sunny FL, we barely get spring than the temps get so humid, and it is too hot to go outside and find all the pretty things. This was such a wonderful walk.


  2. Your post reminds me of my favorite quote from Grey Owl, he was referencing Nature: “There is a silence. Intense, absolute and all embracing.”


  3. Such a lovely walk, Dawn — and I had to smile, too, at all the beauty you captured. I love all the purples, but that pink-striped flower is amazing. My Dogwood has finished blooming, so I’m glad to see yours and remember how pretty they are. So glad to stroll around with you and your aunt!


    • We love dogwood up here. We haven’t successfully grown it in our yard, but we see it everywhere and it’s so pretty! We do have a kousa dogwood in our yard, comes out later in the season and is a bit more forgiving of our gardening foibles.

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  4. What a lovely outing! Thank you for taking us with you, Dawn.


  5. Keen eyes were needed to spot the jack-in-the-pulpit.


  6. Beautiful walk, Dawn. Thank you for sharing it with us. 🙂


    • You’re welcome! Hope all is well with you guys down there. It was almost 90 here yesterday, a tornado ripped through Grayling, about 150 miles north of us. 😦 Katie hates the heat. We took her with us to my Aunt’s house in Ann Arbor so Bruce and I could go to the last symphony of the season with my aunt. Katie got to stay at the aunt’s house, in her crate while we were at the concert. Bruce hasn’t been going to the concerts because we can’t leave Katie for the 7 hours it takes to drive down there, have dinner, go to the concert and drive home. This way he got to go and she wasn’t alone as many hours. But it was exhausting for all of us.


  7. It’s so beautiful. Trillium were my mom’s and my aunt’s favorites. Seems like everything is my favorite. 🙂


  8. What a beautiful place for a walk!

    I love seeing the baby geese this time of year. Sooo cute.


    • We have a pond across the road. So far 3 families with a total of 20 babies. They walk from that pond over to another every evening, and back every morning. All 20 or more babies slide into the water in a big pile and then they sort themselves out into families. I don’t know how they know who belongs to who.


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