ON THIS APRIL DAY, spring has arrived at the old caretakers’ cabin at the Church O’ The Pines. The canoe was taken out onto Old Man River, there to discover wood ducks and Canada geese and mallards and map turtles. Last night the first full choir of wood frogs and chorus frogs throbbed under the stars, and today the snoring leopard frogs have joined in. The chickadees endlessly sing their little, ‘Spring’s here’ mating song, and we were treated yesterday to the rare and delightfully melodious ‘whisper song’ of a blue jay in a lilac bush. This summer our ‘cabin in the woods’ will be the subject of a full photographic essay in Lake Country Journal, and all our forest friends are excited. But for now, summer is a distant horizon, and on this day… we celebrate spring!

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