We’ve had a few more storms recently, including our April fools surprise, which dumped 10″ of heavy, wet snow, and left us without power for over 25 hours. Somehow we survived that too, knowing that it wouldn’t be long before the snow retreats and spring arrives in earnest.
What a difference a few weeks can make. It was 14°F (-10°C) in late March, and now the snow is receding, the sun is higher, the days are getting longer and the snowdrops and crocuses are finally appearing. The birds are returning, too. First the red-winged blackbirds, and woodcock, then flocks of robins, even though a few hardy souls stayed the winter. Today was the first sighting of a broad-winged hawk, and the Canada geese have been honking their way north.
The snow is slowly disappearing in the woods. Spirit and I are now able to navigate with a minimum of difficulty. There are still vast patches 12″ to 18″ deep in the shady areas under the white pines, but in sunny areas, the ground is clear, albeit spongy. It’s a real pleasure to get off the road and back into the woods. One of my favorite aspects of returning warm weather is the reappearance of smells: leaf mold, white pine and damp earth. Those odors are locked tight below freezing, and it’s a real joy to take a deep breath and inhale spring. C. H. Becksvoort © 2011