While it is relatively easy to recognize the perennial grasses and seed-eating sparrows as characteristic of meadows, the ecosystems exist in their fullest sense underground. What we see aboveground is only the outer margin of an ecosystem that explodes in intricacy and life below.
~ Amy Seidl, Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World
I’ve always had a thing for meadows. There is so much life residing within the grasses and wildflowers, and the little trees that, from time to time, sprout up among them.
There’s something romantic about meadows, too. I can’t explain it, but perhaps you know what I mean.
Even though everything seems dry and dead in the meadows right now, they are teeming with life. All sorts of critters live in the meadows, some of them (the sparrows and finches) springing up and flying off whenever I walk by. (Speaking of finches, I saw one yesterday wearing his summer clothes of yellow.)
If you look down in between the dried flowers and grasses, you’ll see all sorts of green sprouting and growing.
Last night I heard the spring peepers for the first time this season. That’s a hopeful sign. Perhaps Old Man Winter has finally moved on.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
Today’s walk was lovely. The temperature and wind were brisk, but the presence of the sun alleviated some of the chill. The weather was part of the loveliness, but my mood played a role as well. For the first time in a while, all the stress and anxiety of the past few weeks disappeared, and I was able to truly enjoy a leisurely walk around the meadows and the pond.
Do you have any big plans for the weekend? Something fun? Different? How about a walk or a hike outdoors? I’ve been thinking about another group walk, but I’m not sure I’ll have time to do the round-up after we’ve all finished our walks. Anyone else out there want to volunteer to host a spring version? If not, perhaps I can throw something together if there’s enough interest.
I’ll be spending most of the weekend sorting and packing, but do hope to get outside since the weather is supposed to finally be more spring-like. I have to keep an eye on that hyacinth. I suspect it’s going to unfurl and open to the sun any minute now.
Thank you so much for stopping by today, and taking another walk with me. I’m thinking about going out for a sunset stroll for the sake of enjoying the light. Sunset is scheduled for 7:55 pm. We can meet on the deck a few minutes before that, and head down towards the woods where the sun has been setting these days.
Have a delight day, evening, night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time. And have a great weekend!