“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Lovely Surprises

After weeks of teasing -
allowing Old Man Winter a few return visits,
I believe that Spring is here to stay.

She's unpacked so many of her lovely accessories
and they are evident all over the land.
Yesterday, on my way down the driveway to the pond,
I caught a little something out of the corner of my eye.

There alongside the driveway were two morel mushrooms.

And because where there is one, there are usually more,
I decided to comb through the woods along the driveway.
I descended the hill through the woods down towards the pond,
made a loop and climbed back up the hill.

On my route I was delighted to find quite a few mushrooms.

I excitedly took my treasures home to show Hubbs and suggested
that we head back out and look for more.
In addition to more morel mushrooms,
we found so many other lovely surprises.

There were violets by the score...

and something I had never seen before...
Yellow Downy Violets,

and Virginia Spring Beauty.

"Widely" Mushrooms...

There were lots of fiddleheads unfurling,

and Jack-in-the-pulpets as well.

It was a lovely walk - and in the end,
a very lucrative one...
having found more than I have in any previous years.

Each of these morels measure from 4 to 5 inches tall,
and 1 to 2...

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