Spring, one leaf at a time

On this side of the world, Spring is waking up. The first trees to come to life are the willows. Their long, graceful branches look like strings of Morse code hanging from the sky, telegraphing that the days are longer, brighter and, at last, warmer. willow

The birds are pairing up. Geese and ducks have chosen their mates and are looking for a place to nest. As I write, I hear another group of geese arriving. Canada geese are big and loud, and they also take over an area with authority. They cause traffic jams as they waddle in groups across roads.

When you live in a flyway, you get used to having playgrounds close to ponds and runs closed until the mess is cleaned up. Sheep-herding dogs are brought in to keep the geese confined to an area so the children can play.

duck pair

In the woods, a few of the taller trees are just showing flowers. The understory trees won’t be out for weeks yet, but the taller ones are starting their show.

With longer days, families take strolls around the lake at night, and the world is starting to look populated and alive again. The sound of children laughing and dogs barking is a sure sign of spring.

spring buds

All the ice is out of the runs and streams, even the Potomac is ice-free, and the first bald eagles have paired up and are building their nests.

I’m not a winter person, and it feels like life has another chance.

~ by QuinnCreative on March 15, 2007.

5 Responses to “Spring, one leaf at a time”

  1. How lovely, Quinn, thanks for posting the coming of Spring from the other side of the world. All weather happens simultaneously in Lemuria, it’s just great. And I love Geese!

  2. I enjoyed this, even with the mention of geese. Back home, in the Bogs (where it’s snowing today), we have a large pond that is attractive to geese. We have to keep them away to avoid a scummy pond. All those nutrients (goose poop) cause the algae to grow. But here, in our temporary home, I kind of enjoy watching the geese as they congregate (since I don’t have to worry about chasing them away). And I’ve always enjoyed the sound of them honking overhead.

    We went to Great Falls, MD two weeks ago. I never realized the Potomac was such a raging river.

  3. Beautiful, Quinn. I, too, am not a winter person and can’t get to summer fast enough. With the Equinox approaching we’re getting our gardens ready and planting the spring vegetables. We live near a flyway too, and soon the snow geese and the Canadians will be here. Swans too. Such beauty…

  4. Awww Quinn – you just go on and on creating more and more beauty on your fabulous blog. Every time I come here I find yet another nugget of pure gold.

  5. My goodness Q. This is just gorgeou. As Monika says we cannot say goodbye to summer quickly enough. There will be few regrets as we pass in to cool days and nights and the dark coming earlier. Everyone here is totally over the humidity and the drought. The first rain for a month fell yesterday, refreshing and cooling things. Hopefully more in on its way.

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