Maybe I should rephrase that. Riding an Equine is usually heaven on earth for those who love to ride.
It was warm.
75 degrees on the day after St. Patrick's Day.
I went out and grabbed Sunshine and Opal. Opal was actually eager to get caught by me, which made me very very happy.
Sunshine was too and she enjoyed the thorough grooming she got. Finally! All the burrs are out of her tail! So much elbow grease to get it done, but IT got done.
We headed out to look for antler sheds. As IF I ever need a reason to ride. Hubby thought he'd look for mushrooms. I thought it was too early for that. Even though the frost had left the ground and we'd had warm temps...it just seemed wrong to look for morels this soon in March.
In the valley, where I was hoping to find them...I found Skunk Cabbage. A sure sign of spring.
The earliest I've ever found them ever before was in the end of March...
On a north facing hillside, I found 'pinks', also known as Hepatica. I've looked up my past photos of these flowers. Again, the earliest I've ever found any has been April 14th!
The forest was quite beautiful in all of its 'bare bones'. You could see all the trees and rock formations.
This is part of the year that I like best. You can see 'forever' it seems.
When everything becomes green and the leaves and underbrush fill in, it is like going through a dark medieval forest that has wondrous hiding places in the deep ravines.