Winter hangs on stubbornly this year. Yet, in spite of lingering snow falls and temps hovering in the low 30s, the natural world slowly awakens. During the night I heard a flock of tundra swans call to each other as they migrated north. Robins carol and cardinals sing in the early morning darkness. Later in the day, dark-eyed juncos trill as they search the sunny exposed parts of our garden for last year’s seeds. The tiny birds have been daily visitors since October and soon will depart for their summer home in Canada.
Ivory-petaled snowdrops are ready to bloom.The first Siberian squill bulbs poked through the cold, wet soil of our back garden at the same time as the tiny, sharp leaves of iris. Silver maple buds glow rosy and round in the late afternoon sunlight and the soft, furry catkins of quaking aspen have emerged.
I want this slow showing of spring to speed up, but it should not be hurried. Soon enough I will want the season to slow down — it all happens in such a rush once it gains momentum in May, and hurdles toward blossoming, fruiting, and autumn once again. I have learned that, as with all of life’s special times, it is better to wait for, notice and welcome each change; to savor the whole unfolding of new life.
What beautiful descriptions of this slow, unfolding spring. Beth, your knowledge of the natural world amazes me. You help me see what I’ve missed.
Thank you, Jan. I hope that you’ll discover many gifts of spring in your woods this year.- Beth
I feel the same way about slowing down Spring. Robert Frost wrote a perfect poem about that feeling: “Nothing Gold Can Stay.”
Keith, thank you for reminding me of Frost’s poem. I love that one, too. Here’s a link to “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” for those who would like to read it.
Your pictures and words make it worth the wait.
Thank you, Mary. Looks and feels more like February than April, today. – Beth
Beth, your writing is beautiful next to the gorgeous photos of nature. Thank you for this breath of spring on a very snowy April day!
Thank you, Stephanie. I’m glad for the last two sunny days to help melt the snow before the next round arrives on Sunday! Hang in there! Thanks for reading my blog. – Beth