We welcomed spring this year with beautiful blue skies and clouds that seemed to speak expressively as they changed formations and reflected light and shadow. It was a perfect day for a walk along the wildlife refuge trail. We've been seeing huge flocks of snow geese from our house, and their presence enticed us to go to the refuge waters to see what else was there. We were not disappointed, as white pelicans, swans, Canadian geese, and a variety of ducks were enjoying the quiet waters of the refuge ponds. Red-winged blackbirds and robins filled the air with their sweet sounds. They seemed so expressive and joyful with spring's presence. It's been a cold winter, and there isn't much new growth yet along the trail. It will be a few more weeks before dormant plants really believe that spring is here and respond to its warmth. But even dried grasses and sagebrush have a beauty all their own in their winter state. A beautiful sunset pleased us as we completed our walk around the wildlife trail loop. The gentle lap of serene waters and the sounds of birds chirping as they found places to roost for the night were added delight to our senses at the end of a welcome day. I'm so glad that spring is on its way, aren't you?
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