The Spring blossoms are returning to the tree limbs! The Apple and Pear blossoms were both showing today and it gave such a warm feeling seeing them this morning. I'm so thankful for this time of year. I see God's beauty and give thanks for the love in my life that surrounds me.
This morning I woke up around 3 am when my alarm was set for 4:30 am! That's what happens when it is a morning where I will go fishing or hunting. Nature has a way of tugging at an internal natural alarm clock within to make me wake up way before the time I am supposed to be awake. The anticipation is great and before I know it I have 4 cups of coffee filled in a thermos and I'm off into the dark morning with a headlamp cutting through the darkness to find my turkey blind that I will sit in for hours upon hours inside drinking coffee in my camping chair and listening to the sound of all the birds that will soon awaken. I didn't see any turkeys today but it was a wonderful day to spend hours in nature meditating on things that are going on in life and finding answers by seeking them from God. What a beautiful morning I spent today reflecting upon things I love in my life.
The leaves are just starting to bud on the trees this time of year making their own unique appearance. It's almost like a second Fall with the brilliant colors that are starting all over. Some may enjoy the striking Autumn colors, but I think the real beauty is in the vibrant colors of Spring.
I've been seeing quite a bit of wildlife emerging and migrating through Northeast Ohio lately as the temperatures begin to become more Springlike. The groundhog is keeping a watchful eye at field edges looking for movement. Butterflies and moths are beginning to make their appearance as I saw different ones fluttering the farms fields on a morning hike. The loons are calling as I fish for trout at Punderson State Park. I even saw my first Red-Throated loon for the first time, and of course the bluebird is flying around brightening my day. The turkeys are making their presence known as they begin their annual Spring courtship. The trout lily begins to appear to remind me I need to start looking for morel mushrooms again! The red-winged blackbirds are lining the field edges singing their peaceful song that is so familiar in my heart. Of course it wouldn't be Spring without seeing that old friend the dandelion sprouting and reminding us that it too shows beauty.
This afternoon I waited for some thunderstorms to pass and made my way out to a local lake where some trout were recently stocked. I didn't have luck trolling so I started casting close to lily pads and that's when I caught my first rainbow trout of the season! The fish fought well too! I had a couple more on but lost them when they jumped. I also had another fish hit the lure hard and took drag, but I never go the hook set right. It very well may have been a Fish Ohio size catch if it didn't get away! The one that always gets away is the biggest! =) I released all the bass I caught and kept the rainbow trout for lunch tomorrow. Happy Fishing!
This morning I went on a hike to see the fields and forest around home. I saw the red winged black birds singing away on their perches alongside the fields calling perhaps to a distant mate that they are building a future with. Their call always gives me hope in Springtime and the beauty that blooms during this time.
I was walking alongside a field row and heard some rustling on the forest floor. I at first thought I had chased off a fox or coyote as I didn't see a deer and it's white flag tail running off from the sound as it was lower to the ground. Then approaching slowly I saw two groundhogs wrestling and making odd grunting sounds. They were either quarreling for a mate I imagine or maybe I was interrupting the mating process completely!
I noticed the fields were turning vibrant green where the winter wheat was planted months ago. Such a pleasant view to see the fields turning green when just a couple months ago I was walking on the thick ice covering them trying to check my coyote traps. As I grew closer to home I saw alongside the treeline were last years leaves deteriorating, and beautiful daffodils blooming to remind me that Spring is here and to enjoy every moment for we never know what time holds.
I'm really excited for Spring Turkey season to begin this year. I'll be on vacation for the entire first week of season this year beginning April 29th! It's going to be so fun because this is the season where I will be able to go turkey hunting, take my kayak out fishing and also go hiking looking for morel mushrooms! It's a great time to be out in the woods! Happy hunting whatever it is you're after this spring!
Tonight I finished this commissioned artwork for a coworker. I really hope the gift will brighten the day to who receives it. That is one thing I enjoy about creating artwork is that it's all over the country in homes of people I know and some I have never met. Someday the art will be passed on and who knows where it will end up!
This morning I awoke to see that it was really cold for mid April. It was not only cold and windy, but it was raining too! I called my Dad and asked him if he wanted to go fishing at a local lake for trout. We dressed warm and brought hand warmers and gloves but the windy conditions made it almost unbearable to fish. Even so, we fished for a couple hours. My Dad caught a nice rainbow trout and I caught a largemouth bass. This was my first fish for 2019 and it put up a nice fight! I released it to grow up bigger.
Another couple days off from work comes to an end and I was able to find some time to go fishing at Pymatuning on Monday. I went in the afternoon and fished close to sunset. I didn't catch any fish, but as I made my toward home I saw a magnificent sunset on one of the roads leaving the lake in the Andover, Ohio area. I recall when I camped there a few years ago, admiring all the views from the country roads while riding my bike around from the State Park.