Spring in 150 words or less? A contest? Sure, I’ll give it a whirl!
The Promise of Spring
The first warm day brings the promise of hope. Bulbs planted months ago poke through the ground. Colors appear. We bend to admire them, catching the scent of hyacinth. Deep breath, eyes closed. Senses awakened. The warmth of the sun and longer days create a vibrant garden. Spring is our favorite.
Winter laughs, she’s not ready to leave. Snow! Snow covers our beautiful new garden. Sadness fills our hearts. Will our crocus and tulips survive? Are the hyacinth wishing they waited? We cheer for spring to win this battle.
Sun to the rescue. Using gentle persuasion, Sun dismisses all traces of snow. Our battle weary blooms recover, then wither. Their leaves provide nutrients for next year’s flowers.
New growth continues. Ducks waddle in pairs near the pond, trees unfurl fresh leaves, and the return of music from the branches delights us once again.
Spring delivers on her promise.
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We had springlike temperatures this week. I’m talking sleeveless shirt and sandals weather. But if you know spring, this morning’s views should come as no surprise.
We live in a forest of pine trees. Unlike flowering plants, pine trees don’t attract bees or butterflies for pollination. The wind does the job of transferring pollen from male cones to female cones or on other trees.
The first two photos are male pine cones and the third one, what we think of as a traditional pine cone is a female. The video captures the wind blowing the pollen from the trees.
Spring arrives in bits and pieces
fits and starts
one step forward, two steps back
like a Chacha.
Temperatures soar for a day or three
then dive down like a bird of prey
But then, little by little,
all of the pieces come together!
The scent of lilacs
The sound of frogs and hummingbirds
The creeks rushing from melt off
Buds on the aspens
Days growing longer at dawn and dusk
The warmth of the sun
YES! All the signs are here
Sunrise means breakfast
hummingbirds seeking sweetness
The snow fell, wet and heavy
Giving way to fog as temperatures
danced above freezing.
hidden from view
bathed in dewy moisture
wait for the sun to return.
Dots of blue sky, making a reappearance
letting the mountains know
the fog would lift soon.
Much of the rest of the country is reveling in warmer weather after a rough winter. We are in drought conditions and happy for a day of snow. Yep, it’s May 2!
We are in high danger drought conditions. In addition to the need for moisture, I love the peacefulness of snow and the way it feels as if I’m in a snow globe. Also, knowing it will melt in a day or two makes this spring snow even more welcome.