Spring comes to Bluestem Pond

So, yesterday was the first day of spring, and we’ve been making headway in the normal Michigan back-and-forth manner.  A couple days of 40’s, followed by a snowstorm and back into the 20’s.  Today the world is a magical wonderland with a fresh snowfall of about an inch.  The sun is trying to come out and when it succeeds the snow will begin to soften and fall off the tree branches like whipped cream sliding off hot pumpkin pie.

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A couple of days ago, we had a huge wind as the weather change began to take hold.  Most of the ice had melted away from the pond except for the west shore.  It was too hard to resist – I had to give it a little help.  I stepped along the edges and broke it loose in big chunks and gave each one a little nudge.  The wind took over from there and I made my own iceberg flow.   How fun!

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Now that the flora and fauna is beginning to shift from the winter to the spring mix, geese have begun to return.  There is a pair who are coveting the potential nesting area on our little pond.  I am trying to teach Fionn a new command, “Go get the Geese!”  He is starting to catch on and go tearing off to circle the shore and threaten the birds with his imposing presence.  So far, they are not impressed.  It’s strange that he doesn’t bark at them.  They certainly do their share of honking their indignation at him.  Eventually when I catch up, I wave my arms and shout and they take off airborne with beating wings and honking insults.  I don’t really mind having more animal life, but they do leave piles of goose poop all around the pond and Fionn thinks it is tasty.  Yuck.  Makes you think twice about doggie kisses.

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About bluestempond

Hobby farmer living at Bluestem Pond in Michigan.
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