Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Don't be deceived

If you look at the photo immediately below, you might easily swear that Spring couldn't be within a 1,000 miles. You might be incorrect.

late Winter, early Spring Carlos Avery pool
frozen marsh               © harrington

Just before the photo was taken, a pair of bald eagles were seen soaring together over the marsh in what looked like early mating behavior. Spring was less than 1 mile away, if you look up and not around. Tomorrow's forecast talks about rain and Sunday's high temperature is supposed to be in the 50's. I'm getting giddy with anticipation. I had to go get some ant baits today. The "sugar ants" have become active, another sign of warmer weather. Soon, Spring will be busting budding out all over.  Here's a clear indication. Look at those leaf buds just waiting for some moisture and warmth to erupt. One of us here at My Minnesota keeps forgetting (or refusing to remember, more likely) that Spring creeps in on little cat feet in the north country while Winter leaves by patches.

leaf buds and scales
leaf buds and scales       © harrington

A Patch of Old Snow

There's a patch of old snow in a corner
That I should have guessed
Was a blow-away paper the rain
Had brought to rest.

It is speckled with grime as if
Small print overspread it,
The news of a day I've forgotten --
If I ever read it.

Robert Frost

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