Since spring came early to southern Alberta (and other places), I also started hiking early this year. This day some of us in the Skrastin's Outdoor Club walked in the beautiful Bow Valley, which was adorned with fresh green leaves.
Brushing against the bushes released the fragrance of dry green willows. Actually, we saw more dogwood than willow. Peeking up between new grass shoots were tiny yellow, white and purple blooms. Crocuses tracked the sun like solar collectors and dotted the fields of last year's dried grasses. Teen-aged Douglas Fir trees sported bright red tips of new growth, and some were still covered with exploded cones. The light breeze kept us feeling spring's coolness under the mildly sunny sky.