As Steve and I walk through the forest at Patina Meadow during these first weeks of spring, I am reminded of the simple yet profound beauty that nature has to offer. The fresh air is invigorating, and the forest comes alive with the sounds of birds chirping, flowers blooming, and leaves rustling in the gentle breeze.
The vibrant colors of the forest in early spring are breathtaking. The redbuds and dogwoods add a pop of color to the landscape, creating a beautiful contrast against the stark gray of the other trees still in the midst of their winter slumber.
The blooms seem to stretch their delicate petals up towards the sky, reaching for the sun.
As I wander through the forest, I am drawn to the mushrooms growing in the hidden corners. Their caps are a deep shade of brown and add a touch of magic to the forest. I can't help but imagine fairies hiding in the nooks and crannies, just out of sight.
The miniature wildflowers that dot the forest floor are another treasure of the forest.
I am struck by their delicate beauty and feel grateful for the gift that nature has bestowed upon us.
As I stroll further, I glimpse our herd of highland cows and mini donkeys in the distance.
They make sure to take the time to wade through the creeks...
graze on the fresh spring grass..
and lay in the shade.
Their gentle presence adds to the peacefulness of the forest, reminding me of the simple joys of life. I take a moment to sit and watch them as they graze, contentedly nibbling on the fresh grass.
While I sit on the cool grass, our livestock guardian dogs, Nyla and Blue, find me during their patrol and run down, excited for scratches and belly rubs.
After they get their fill, I slowly rise and start my meander back to our cabin. As I leave, I am filled with a sense of awe and gratitude for the natural world that surrounds us. I am reminded that we are all connected, and that nature has a way of bringing us back to what's truly important in life.
I hope this post gave you a glimpse at the magic of this property, and inspired you to get outside and experience the beauty that surrounds you.
What one thing makes you feel like Spring has arrived? Let me know in the comments!