A pint sized fawn, flowers breaking ground, and Canada Geese formations heading back home to the Northern States mark the beginning of Spring. Having lived in several states in the US, I have never been so content and more welcoming to each of the four seasons we are blessed to experience throughout each year here in the mountains of North Georgia.
From the first breaking of ground through the crumbled autumn leaves that remain on the forest floor, it is an amazing sight to see that in a very short time they will be producing the Native Dwarf Iris’, and the Jonquils, among other perennial flowers that will be adding to the color scheme around us.
Driving up my road I see the first fawn that has appeared, running toward the edge of the woods to escape from harm.
During the month of April the first of the bear that have been living farther up into the mountains during the winter months will be appearing. There is truly nothing more endearing, in my opinion, than to see a bear cub playing in a field with its siblings, and mother.
Although winter is not “officially” over, that does not mean that the beginning of new life will not abound in our area. Acorns will sprout, and plants are preparing for rebirth. Rejuvenating our mind, body, and soul, springtime is a time for renewal, not only for wildlife, and outside plants, but also for us!
Do you know why Canada Geese fly in a “V” formation? And, do you know why one side of the “V” formation is longer than the other?
Do you know what are the most common number of cubs for an American Black Bear?
Do you know what will be the most likely flowers to bloom first in the spring?
Why do White-tailed fawns have spots?
Canada Geese fly in a “V” formation because of the lowering of resistance that the leader of the formation creates on those behind. Each of the Geese will fly slightly above those in front of them which reduces wind resistance. The leader will only be the leader for short periods; will fall back into the formation when they begin to tire. This in turn helps the formation fly further distances without stopping. Another benefit of flying in the “V” formation is so that each bird in the flock can keep a good tracking of most of the other birds in the flock. Fighter pilots have used the “V” formation for very much the same reason. Such a great example of how teamwork should be! And then to answer the second question about Gees formations,
“Why does a “V” of geese always have one side longer than the other?” Simple, it is because there are more geese on the long side…… haha
The American Black Bear has on an average of two cubs per year but the most common is three. It depends on a few factors. One is that a female bear can be impregnated by more than one male during her “season” and another is the supply of food that she has had during the autumn.
White-tailed Deer are given an extremely beneficial camouflage when born, up until they gain a heavy coat the following autumn. The main benefit of the spots that we so often identify with “Bambi”, is that the fawn will be able to stay in the underbrush to remain hidden from harm. The adult White-tailed do not spend a lot of time in underbrush, therefore they are not in need of the camouflage.
Dwarf Iris’, Jonquils, Daffodils, and Crocus’ are the prevalent flowers that will emerge in the early springtime giving way to color to what has been drab tones throughout the winter.
Being a photographer, I find beauty in all four seasons that we have here. Although once spring is among us, I can be found with my camera glued to my face, and probably down on the ground capturing the beauty as it emerges from the cold winter landscape.
Have a wonderful springtime, I know I will!