A SIGN on the fence we hiked past warned "Caution Critters" but we saw none along the trail. Perhaps "Watch your Step" would be more appropriate. Although we need more rain, the recent warm days have encouraged early blooms that attract birds, bugs, and bees -- but the larger critters still remain close to their dens or hidden in the thick brush. Still, the green ferns and shrubs playfully danced in the streaming sunlight.
With patience and many return visits we'll cross paths with those other critters, but for today we'll enjoy the plants, the woodlands, the fresh air, and the sunshine. Not a bad consolation.