ESCANABA- There is nothing like a sunny day in May to welcome you into the woods.
When you hear those high-pitched spring peepers singing so happily in the frog ponds, you know it's time to put your boots on.
The first of many wild spring beauties start to blossom. It's a must see show, snow white trilliums, waxy white bloodroots, the smiling yellow marsh marigold, gentle yellow Canada violets and hepaticas of every shade of purple.
Karen Wils photos
A mother woodcock contentedly sits on her nest as she waits for the hatching of her three new chicks.
After the killer winter of 2013/2014, new life and color are awesome things to see.
A happily wedded pair of robins set up housekeeping right on your back porch. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard take turns sitting on their eggs near the path by the pond.
It seems every creature is in love at this time of the year. Baby bunnies bounce and bobcat cubs frolic.
We don't want to be left out. Let's join in the fun.
Gather up your favorite mate and young ones and head to the woods. We can call it camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing, or bird watching or whatever gets you outdoors. We're so fortunate to live in a place like the U.P. with lakes, streams, parks, beaches and wild lands so nearby.
If you cannot get outdoors some reason, visit the Escanaba Public Library and see the "Welcome to the Woods" display.
A slide show of what is happening in the woods right now, will give you glimpses of baby animals, nesting birds and wild flowers of early summer.
After viewing the wildlife up close on the screen, take a look at the display case. Everything from fossils to photos of fawn's dot he showcase.
You can take a walk in the woods and never leave the library. Next, enter the "Welcome to the Woods" contest.
Several items from nature and photos of wildlife need to be identified to win the contests prize. If you are a fan of the pictures of little woodsy critters I sometimes use with my columns, then you we enjoy this display.
Grab your walking stick and go for a walk in the woods this weekend. Every year at about this time, a whole new batch of creation seems to erupt out of the dregs of winter.
Can you identify this feathered newcomer or her nest?
Karen (Rose) Wils is a lifelong resident of north Escanaba. Her folksy columns are published weekly in Lifestyles.