Early Saturday afternoon, before another wave a cooler weather swept in following Saturday night’s rain, spring had definitely sprung at Reflection Riding at the foot of Lookout Mountain.
The red bud blossoms were popping out of a number of trees, as were numerous wildflowers of purple, yellow and white colors on the wooded ground cover. The dogwoods appeared to be just right around the corner, too.
Also coming out — and causing walkers and hikers to look with more caution than while examining the wildflowers — were some creepy crawlies.
A couple of snakes were spotted along the loop trail, including one along the steep hill above Lookout Creek and the other nestled in an outside crack of one of the log cabins. Another crawling creature was spotted living in a hole of a dying tree near the main center.
Muddy spots around the creek showed how high the water was just a couple of weeks ago.
The geese were in the pond, and the horses were in the barn.
It was a great day to be out in nature.