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tezukasama in road_nature

Summer's On Its Way....

At least in my area!  The spring wildflower bloom is petering out.  Virginia Bluebell, Bloodroot, Dutchman's Breeches, Squirrel Cornflower, Sessile Trillium and Larkspur have come and gone.  There are a few Waterleaf sp. hanging on, but everything is slowly subsiding to green.

One thing I have noticed is the amphibian breeding activity is delayed this year.  Even with the cooler, wetter spring we had in 2008, the frogs and toads started calling by mid-April.  This year I've heard the odd Green Frog, one or two American Toads and a lone Bullfrog (who's actually early!). 

In fact it's been a veritable mausoleum out at the vernal ponds along the trail we lead most of our spring hikes.  Last year the American Toads turned the waters into a seething hotbed of amplexus.  This year.....nothing as yet.  Updates to follow.

A.K.

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