Wordless Wednesday

Tulip 'Analita'

Tulip ‘Analita’

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Silent Sunday

Phaius tankervilleae

Phaius tankervilleae

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Vernal Equinox

Spring blossoms

Prunus

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, the long-awaited Vernal Equinox is here at last. Even though my yard is still covered in snow and it is only 15F (-9C) as I write this, the sun is shining strongly out of a flawless blue sky. (For my southern hemisphere friends, may your autumn be a beautiful one.)

Yesterday, all the bare spots in the yard and woods were dotted with a large flock of American Robins, overturning leaves in search of sustenance. Half a dozen Red-winged Blackbirds clicked and called “Chireee” from the trees, while resident titmice, cardinals and woodpeckers were all issuing their own spring calls. Pure delight to have them announce Spring was here despite the chilly winter temperatures.

The Smith College Spring Bulb Show, a different harbinger of spring, was well-attended this year, as folks like me sought the colour and scent not seen here since fall. Below is a sampling– Happy Equinox!

 

Muscari & Hyacinth

Muscari & Hyacinth

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Silent Sunday

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Wordless Wednesday

Snowfall

Snowfall

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Snow blanket

Beech buds

Beech buds reaching for Spring

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Lazy Sunday

Sleeping Dog

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March Snow

8" fresh snow

8″ fresh snow

Eight inches (20 cm) total fell from yesterday’s snowstorm. We feel fortunate as many received much more – two feet just a short drive away. And thankfully, the wind wasn’t as bad as they forecasted. Why do I listen to the hype? Meteorologist’s love drama and we can’t help but fall under their spell. ‘Better to be safe, than sorry’ and all that.

My spouse did all the clean up, bless him! It is beautiful to see all the tree branches lined in white and evergreens laden with soft mounds of snow. The azalea resembles ready-to-pick cotton.

It is already melting with temperatures in the mid-30s (2C). The good news with March storms is that the snow melts fairly quickly. One can enjoy it while it lasts without the burden of a long wait until spring.

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