I like walking along the river near my house, really more of a creek. The ebb and flow of the water and the seasons always brings something new to see.
As the water level receded last weekend, ice ornaments sparkled from the branches just above the flow of the Little Shenango.
Beyond the river bank, the ice took different form.
Shallow pools in the floodplain had frozen over, capturing yesterday’s maple leaf and tomorrow’s skunk cabbage.
There are pictures in the ice too. I can’t be the only one that sees a happy fish there.
There were also fresh signs of coppicing above the ice,
but this wasn’t cut with an axe or billhook.
I spied the woodworker yesterday afternoon and watched from a distance as she (or he?) munched on bark in the pool — now free of ice. There may be some spoonwood laying down there.
Until I can take a closer look, I’ve got some cherry branch crooks to work into spoons. Got to stay in practice for the big Spoon Day in Buzzards Bay! I’m looking forward to learning from some of the best spooncarvers around and to simply being part of what is sure to be an inspirational day in June. Checkout the lineup and the details at this link. We’ll have a blast. Hope to see you there.