Friday, April 1, 2011
One day, back in the dark depths of winter, we took a trip to the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. We had been before but were due for a dose of penguins, and seals, and frogs, oh my. In addition to the regular exhibits, they had touch tanks where visitors could pet manta rays and nurse sharks. I did; Duncan didn't; rays are slimy; sharks feel like sandpaper. We watched the visiting meerkats, checked out the river otters, and ogled the moon jellies. We caught an IMAX movie about sharks, which was Duncan's first movie in a theater. It was a fun day out; a day of ocean creatures is a great antidote to the mid-Winter blues.
This is Duncan's first "collection" of 2011; it consists of items he collected in the yard and on the few walks we have taken since Spring officially began. I was certain his little cache was a true sign of Spring, yet it has snowed not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES since I took this photo. Today, I am choosing to believe that we got lucky. The original forecast was for 10 inches of snow between Thursday night and Saturday morning. We awoke to about 1" of snow, which melted throughout the day, even as the snow continued to fall. We still have green grass, daffodil sprouts, and blooming crocus so I am certain today was just a blip on the radar, so to speak, but really, Mother Nature. REALLY???!!!