The snow has not yet left the earth, but spring is already asking to enter your heart. If you have ever recovered from a serious illness, you will be familiar with the blessed state of when you are in a delicious state of anticipation, and are liable to smile without any obvious reason. Evidently that is what nature is experiencing just now. The ground is cold, mud and snow squelches under foot, but how cheerful, gentle and inviting everything is! The air is so clear and transparent that if you were to climb to the top of the pigeon loft or the bell tower, you feel you might actually see the whole universe from end to end. The sun is shining brightly, and its playful, beaming rays are bathing in the puddles along with the sparrows. The river is swelling and darkening; it has already woken up and very soon will begin to roar. The trees are bare, but they are already living and breathing.
~ Anton Chekhov, The Exclamation Mark
Yesterday’s sunset was beautiful. The ice in Tangier Sound has begun to thaw and you can see where the ice stops and the thaw starts in the above picture. The blue-ish stuff at the bottom (or front) is snow covered ice.
The quote I began the post with almost perfectly describes what it is like now here on our part of the Eastern Shore. I think spring is here, but we’ll have to wait and see. Snow came as late as March 25th last year. Even if we get another snow day, it looks as though the long stretches of bitter cold have ended. We’ll have highs in the 50’s and 60’s for at least the next ten days according to the latest forecast. It wouldn’t surprise me if we get only two weeks of spring weather and go right into summer.
I could continue to show you images from yesterday’s sunset, but there’s something else you should see:
I went out for a long walk yesterday afternoon and noticed tiny blue flowers blooming in the grass growing along the sides of the road. It’s Persian Speedwell and I was surprised to see it blooming already since yesterday was our first really warm day in a long while. I’d show you a photo of it, but I must have been overly excited when I took pictures of all those beautiful little flowers. Every single image came out blurry. I do have a photo from last year which you can see here. (It’s on the Animals, minerals, and vegetables of the Eastern Shore page of my blog, along with a description, but I sent you straight to the image so you could bypass the scrolling to find it.)
When I returned from exploring the neighborhood, I went out to the scrounger’s garden and there they were, crocuses in bloom. Somehow I managed to contain my excitement enough to get a few good photos. I went back today to get a few more.
There were about three or four crocuses to be found yesterday. Today there were ten or twelve. I suspect tomorrow there will be more.
I don’t think it will be long before our daffodils are blooming, too.
As you saw in the sunset pictures, we still have some ice and snow, mostly around the edges and in the shady spots. The ice at the Point was still thick enough that people could walk around on it. I don’t think the same will be true today.
I reckon that’s it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on this warm and lovely Monday. Thank you so much for stopping by. I’m not sure I’ll make it out to the Point for sunset this evening. I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire, so to speak, and with the warmer weather, life is going to get even busier. There are gardens to clean up and seeds to start and all manner of things that need doing. Winter left a big mess of downed trees and branches that we’ll have to start cleaning up, too. I might make it to the dock, though, so feel free to join me out there around 6:45 PM.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: Crocuses in bloom; feeling and watching the Big Thaw; sunrise; kneeling on the ground this afternoon, inhaling the wonderful scent of the earth; kale, broccoli, and spinach seedlings, ready to plant.