The Woods are Waking

A short hike today along the Rivanna Trail (off Fontaine Ave.) proved to be treasure packed!

The woods are quickly warming, and have begun swarming. Everything is changing so quickly. Things that creep, crawl and jump are picking up their pace a bit!

Maple tree flower buds are swelling (can you spot the hungry caterpillar?). Those buds that get more sun have burst already!

The lower trunk of nearly every chestnut oak was cloaked in green.

Something mysterious lurks in a large muddy driveway puddle. Is it a chain?..a string? Is it alive?

Closer inspection unveils many very long strands of eggs (we think). New questions! What kind of eggs do you think these are? What animals are laying eggs this time of year?