Leaf skeletonizers have been working their hungry, windowpaning ways in our oaks.
Trolling the woods for something to shoot this morning. Not much going on this morning; just some fresh raccoon scat, dead insects and hickory nuts with the nut meat removed. Did like the backlit leaves. This gallery combines images from this morning with ones taken earlier this month.
The sun has returned to the Ouachitas, along with highs in the 80s. A perfect day to get into the garden for spring cleaning the dried stalks left from last year, as well as transplanting lavender, a volunteer sunflower and adding more soil and mulch to existing beds.
Among the discoveries today was a split open poke sallet stem, dried and bleached through last fall and winter, with its spongy interior mostly gone, but its ribs were left.
A short walk later was a beautifully gnarled, mossed and lichen-ed underside of a tree, which, last year, had been a useful perch for an eager chipmunk.
On the deck, a grapevine waited on the deck for some ground to call its own. The setting sun made the veining in its leaves stand out.