It was just a couple of weeks ago that thousands of dandelions infiltrated the grassy areas at Council Point Park. At a glance, it resembled a golden carpet.
And now those dandelions have gone to seed, much to the chagrin of the Canada geese that enjoyed those sunny-looking weeds as a breakfast treat. They had perfected the art of eating those dandelions, first wrangling the heads off with their beak, then slurping down the shiny stems like a kid eats spaghetti. It was comical to watch them.
Most of the dandelions these days are clumps of gangly, rubber-like stems with delicate puffballs on top. Once a week the mowing crew comes to cut the grass at the Park. They are way overdue, likely because of this never-ending rain, so these delicate-looking dandelions are everywhere.
The Canada geese are a little finicky because they prefer the golden dandelions, but these not so much. They’ll walk through the fields, but they don’t munch on the spent dandelions.
I saw two families of geese with their goslings and they were grazing in lush grass, in a rare area that was dandelion-free.
The bunnies have been scarce at the Park this Spring and this is only the second time I’ve seen one since the snow disappeared. From afar I saw him, blissfully nestled in this field, dining on dew-topped dandelions.
Since he didn’t even bolt as I neared him to take a picture, I inched even closer. He gave me a sideways glance and just kept right on chewing away, as I clicked away for this close-up of him enjoying a dandelion head.
The bunny looked warm in his fur coat and I would have liked to grab him to warm my hands. This Spring is such a disappointment. When I left the house this morning, it was a mere 50 degrees and a chilly breeze was blowing. I had on a sweat suit and a sweatshirt jacket, and, as the breeze blew through the Park, I shivered just a bit. I sure hope this is not the new normal for Spring, as this season surely has fallen short of our expectations, especially coming off that cold and snowy Winter. It’s hard to believe one month from today will be the first day of Summer. Hopefully, the weather has perked up some by the 21st of June.
As I write this post, it is teeming raining once again and will continue all night and through mid-morning Tuesday. Our Memorial Day weekend will likewise be spoiled by rain and rumbles of thunder. The lawn and weeds are loving the rain, and I just may need to snag that bunny under my arm and bring him home to dine on the lovely weeds that are already popping up in my garden.