This week, after a run of warm days, when the temperature measured on the thermometer behind the fence has been a steady 20º + in the afternoons, the Nature Park has greened up and things that were easily visible before, like birds' nests, are now hidden from view. The noise of the traffic from Five Road has been dampened, and the water levels in the pond and ditches have fallen.
On the trails, there have been several sightings of garter snakes and this morning, I encountered one coiled in a rut, striking and making feints and letting off the foul odour of its fear.
The sunshine has also coaxed the majestic Cottonwood tree by the entrance to the car park, to release its balm-like fragrance, which seems to drift in pockets across the warm asphalt.
Nor is green the only colour. The wildlife garden and the vernal pond are showing a palette of colours from soft white and gold through shades of pink and red. A Dog Rose in leaf is attracting a wealth of ladybird beetles. happily cleaning its stems of aphids.
The bees are returning to the hive, their legs laden with pollen and the poor Queen is busily laying between one and two thousand eggs a day.
On the trails, the bog laurel has flowered at last and the blueberry bushes are heavy with white and pink buds.