Prespring palette

Blue sky and clouds are reflected on the surface of the neighbor's pond.Blue sky and clouds are reflected on the surface of the neighbor's pond.

Before the rain stopped and the skies cleared, the prespring color palette was looking pretty drab. Skies were gray and the ground was varying shades of brown, courtesy of the mud.

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Sunday’s sun is reflected in a puddle.

An overturned tree branch sporting some bracket fungus provided an opportunity to add a little texture to the warm earthy tones of the week.

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The underside of a bracket fungus.

However, before the weekend was over the clouds parted and some blue sky could be seen.

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The moon on Sunday evening.

The moon even made an evening appearance late Sunday.

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Blue sky and clouds are reflected between patches of ice on the neighbor’s pond.

The ice cover on the neighbor’s pond quickly disappeared over the weekend.

As the water from the past week’s rain recedes, some green has been spotted.

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Sherman enjoys the sunshine.

Small buds of either snowdrops or snowflakes have started to appear. It won’t be known which flower is up until the buds open.

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A few snowflakes are making their way to the surface.

It would seem that spring may indeed be on the way. However, one cautions that Mother Nature is temperamental and can change her mind and the weather at any moment.

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Kyle the goat pauses to enjoy the morning sun.


A Walk in the Woods contains photos from newsroom staffer Anna Applegate’s daily jaunts around her neck of the woods. Tagging along on the treks are dogs Buford, Sherman and Sadie; and goats Kyle and Kennedy. Applegate manages the Good Times and can be emailed at bigdogs.thederrick@gmail.com.