Friday, March 11, 2011


Daffodil 2 by paynehollow
Daffodil 2 a photo by paynehollow on Flickr.

I'm going to go ahead and announce it: Spring is here!

It's been two weeks since I first spotted crocus spears piercing the cold winter ground.

This week, I've seen daffodils blooming.

I've seen two bald eagles circling in the sky above me.

I've seen two peregrine falcons hollering back and forth at each other.

I've heard two million bird songs.

And, although the sky was spitting snow yesterday, today, the sun was shining, grass was growing green anew, the bike couriers had an extra little oomph in their pedaling, my gardening friends have been buying seeds and I know that, even though winter isn't finished with us yet, Spring is here.

"He who hopes for spring with upturned eye never sees so small a thing as Draba. He who despairs of spring with downcast eye steps on it, unknowing. He who searches for spring with his knees in the mud finds it, in abundance."

~Aldo Leopold


Alan said...

You're lucky. We got 2 more inches of snow last night.

(It's pretty typical up here to go from White Christmas to White St. Patrick's Day ... Heck I've seen it snow as late as the first week of June.)

Which is one of the best reason to leave the Midwest. :)

Marty said...

For the last couple of weeks my husband and I have been planting flowers in beds and hanging baskets. Color is springing up everywhere!

Lené Gary said...

Happy Spring, Dan. I'm rejoicing over melting snow... maybe we only have three feet of base or so to go before we get to green (or at least a little ground of any kind). : ) I like your Leopold quote too.