Please see if she’s wearing a coat so warmI bet he wasn't thinking of March's "howlin' winds" coming up to Minnesota from the south, shaking branches, scouring Winter-over leaves from oak trees and sending already fallen leaves scurrying to the North Country. And, since we all know about March coming in like a lion and out like a lamb, or vice versa, are there any old folk sayings about March lions released toward mid-month? I suppose a loose interpretation could include Julius Caesar's mid-March Ides warning.
To keep her from the howlin’ winds
|marsh marigolds, next month?|
Photo by J. Harrington
There should be quite a few signs of Spring arriving this month, not counting the greening that occurs around the 17th for St. Patrick's Day. Here's a list of arrivals to watch for. I'm surprised and a little disappointed that emerging skunk cabbage isn't listed. The dates on the list are for a site about 25 miles south of our property. A year or two ago we were surprised at the lag in dates between here and William O'Brien State Park for skunk cabbage and marsh marigold emergence and growth. If Spring moves North about 15 miles a day, what should have been a two or three day lag took more than a week. Proof that nature is organic and not mechanical?
|grass fire season, when?|
Photo by J. Harrington
If you ever watched the Lord of the Rings movie, The Two Towers,and saw the march of the Ents, you'd promptly recognize the movements in the tops of our trees today. If their tap roots didn't extend so deep, they too would be marching northward, driven by the winds. Those same winds are drying the dead grasses and evaporating the soil moisture. Soon it will be grass fire season, something else to watch for as warmer, drier weather prevails.
As When Drought Imagines Fire
Loot my point of view,hove my heartfree from its hived booththough I know your smoke,its black blossom,is a substance I’ll never become:colorsof plaster and grass I’ve preppedflawlessly, rivers I’ve whittled thin.It’s a personal matter to me, the wind.But let it be our cathedral feeling:a sculptureof ashdragging its robe overthe hills because of us,because of me.Yellow is hurried,but red moves like a swarmthrough toothpick homes,pans over roofs,where the ethos we childfrom the groundwill blacken to ruin.Let’s glorythis roughened napof landscape,this parched Arcadia,with one nude-struck match and a breeze.
Thanks for visiting. Come again when you can.
Please be kind to each other while you can.