Of course, the downside to that is all that yellow pine pollen that is starting to drift through the air, coating cars and anything else in its wake. Pretty soon everything will have a yellow haze.
But it's not just the trees reveling in the rains and warmer temperatures. Walking through the woods, you can tell that all of the landscape is coming back to life.
See that tiny little flower near the center?
Though this guy is much showier.We never know what we might see when we go for our evening walks in the woods. Lately we've been exploring a portion of the property that was badly damaged by the wildfire in 2011.
Some trees fared better than others.
But don't count this guy out just yet.
Against all odds, this tree is still alive. Follow the trunk. See all of the lush, green branches at the top?A great example that we may be beaten and scarred, but we can still have a productive life.
We did a little planting this weekend. Added some lavender and rosemary to hubby's hibiscus.
And I finally planted my flower boxes.I'm so glad to see them with flowers in them for a change and can't wait until those plants on the ends and in the center start trailing down the sides. These planters are next to our side entrance and the colors brighten what was an otherwise boring area. Now I just need a color bowl to sit atop that chair and, perhaps, a potted plant next to it to liven up the rocks.
I gotta tell you, though, sometimes we find the strangest things hanging around here at the ranch.
But one must be careful about inviting these creatures inside, because they love to eat. Mostly meat and potatoes. Fortunately, I can cut up a few red potatoes, toss them in a skillet with some butter, add some onions...
The only problem with taking in these strange creatures and feeding them, though, is this.
If only they weren't so darned cute.
Oh, and speaking of cute creatures. Take a look at this and tell me what's wrong with this picture.
No, Big Daddy hasn't taken to eating milk bones. However, something sure is interested in his barbecue brisket. Do you see it? Can you tell what it is?
Now it's your turn. Like Jan did yesterday, I showed you some examples of how resilient nature can be. What are some of the things you appreciate most in nature? The flora? The fauna? And what are some ways you've seen nature's resilience?
Three-time Carol Award nominee, Mindy Obenhaus, lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, the youngest of her five children and two dogs. She's passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. Learn more at www.MindyObenhaus.com