I spend a lot of time walking around the natural areas incorporated within the Land and Garden Preserve here on Mount Desert Island. Adjacent to Acadia National Park, the preserve is a quiet place with rustic hiking trails and carriage roads that offer views of Little Long Pond and some of Acadia’s mountain peaks. It was my home away from home last summer. Late afternoon today was my first chance to stop in and stroll around the lake. The willows were blooming along with some very small herbaceous plants in the meadow, such as Bluets (Houstonia caerulea) and Pussytoes (Antennaria).