March 20th marked this year’s Vernal Equinox – better known as ‘The First Day of Spring’!
I don’t need a calendar to tell me it’s spring though. There may still be frost in the ground, but spring is in the air – literally. Just look up – the trees are telling us it’s spring. You can see the subtle flush of colour, a slight aura emanating from their branches – leaf buds are beginning to swell. As spring gathers momentum the buds continue to swell, thousands on each branch, so when backlit by late day sun the trees appear adorned with jewels. Closer inspection will show the buds to be plump and fleshy – life will soon burst forth. This multitude of bulging buds adds a dazzling texture to our skyward view.
Shrubs too are showing life in their branches – rounded buds, like colored baubles, cling to each branch and everything takes on a rich layered appearance.
Yes indeed spring is in the air.
Just look up – the birds are telling us it’s spring. Our red breasted friends are back – there are few sounds quite so heart warming as the first Robin’s chirp each spring. I heard it a couple of weeks ago, which seems quite early to me, though birding enthusiasts tell me that a few of these passerines actually overwinter here in Calgary. That may be true but I doubt many of us have witnessed this – for most of us the robin is still the quintessential sign of spring. Soon we will hear them singing their merry song each morn before dawn breaks, and little blue eggs will turn into tweeting baby robins – how very sweet that thought.
Other birds have returned as well .
I’ve seen and heard Woodpeckers and Flickers hammering away on whatever hard surface will make the most noise – this is part of their courtship behaviour. Merlins too, are squealing overhead as they call to potential mates. These are all such noisy birds, but so full of character and personality that one can easily forgive them the racket they make.
Yes indeed spring is in the air.
Just look up – the sky is telling us it’s spring. Well, more specifically the sun. Today, March 27th, the sun rose at 7:22 AM and will set at 8:02 PM. Tomorrow, sunrise will be at 7:20 AM and sunset at 8:04 PM. The following day – 7:17 AM and 8:05 PM. We are currently gaining approximately 4 minutes of daylight every 24 hours, and the angle that the sun’s rays strike the earth is increasing daily.
The air is rich with new life and new possibilities – yes indeed spring is in the air.
Just look up!Happy Spring, Sue
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Sue, I am enjoying your thoughtful and interesting posts so much! Your photos (and your sister’s) are beautiful as well. It’s almost like being in one of your design classes.
I saw a gorgeous hepatica blooming this morning – another true harbinger of spring!
Glad you’re enjoying it.
I have a client with a huge patch of hepatica – blooms very early. I think I’ll have to get me some of that!
Sue, your blog is delightful!
I was wondering if I/we could use your Lilac “3 buds comparison” and “3 syringa plant comparison” for a “Schoolyard Naturalization Resource/Powerpoint” that will be made available to schools? I am volunteering to help Jaclyn (Calgary Zoo) with putting together this resource.
Thanks in any case,
Thanks for reading and for your kind comment. I will email you shortly to discuss your use of my photos. Hope you are enjoying this rain after so many weeks of dry weather.