Spring in South East Michigan: A Nature Walk

After one of the harshest winters on record for the winter of 2013-14, spring has been a little slow but much appreciated. Everything is a few weeks behind still as the temperatures have remained on the cool side. I have finally been able to get out and do some exploring to enjoy some of natures version of gardening and landscaping.

I’m a huge nature person, in general, beyond just gardening and landscaping. One of the first things I found at my own property was this beautiful Red Trillium:

Red Trillium (Trillium Erectum)

Red Trillium (Trillium Erectum) found in north Oakland County, MI.

These Trillium plants were growing alongside the roadside creek. Another surprise from the creek every spring has been the White Suckers that spawn directly in front of our home.

Male White Suckers (Catostomus commersonii)

Male White Suckers (Catostomus commersonii) in Breeding Mode!

Another cool find was this American Toad. It had created a burrow under the moss at the base of a tree. He (or she) was dirty and it helped him blend right in with the dirt he took out of the hole.

American Toad Bufo americanus

American Toad (Bufo americanus) hiding under the moss.

My favorite find so far this spring was this tiny salamander. I found two of these under the same log along with a red -backed salamander and a Unisexual Hybrid Salamander.

Possible Four-Toed Salamander

What I believe to be a four-toed Salamander.

All in all, spring has been great for exploring.

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