|Red huckleberry about to burst into bloom. Lainey Piland photo|
"But days even earlier than these in April have a charm, — even days that seem raw and rainy.... There is a fascination in walking through these bare early woods, — there is such a pause of preparation, winter's work is so cleanly and thoroughly done. Everything is taken down and put away.... All else is bare, but prophetic: buds everywhere, the whole splendor of the coming summer concentrated in those hard little knobs on every bough..."
~Thomas Wentworth Higginson, "April Days," 1861
Happy Spring! The glorious season of growth, rebirth, blossoms, rain, and the color green officially returned on March 20th. The air smells clean and sweet, birds and peeping frogs sing familiar songs in the mornings and evenings, and the sound of rain has softened from winter's cold hiss to a gentle patter as the newly-emerging leaves catch the falling drops.
I love the imagery in the quote above, and it reminds me of walking through the woods at this time of year. Overall, the scenery is still brown, bare, and in some cases rather dismal-looking, but there is this quiet sense of pause; a feeling that the forest is about to release its long-held breath, waiting to exhale into the world all the glory of spring: the starry green vine maple leaves, the fuschia salmonberry flowers, the billowing ankle-deep drifts of miner's lettuce, and the perfect snow-white trillium petals.... but while we wait for the loveliness to come, we can have hope as we examine the bare twigs for those tiny green bumps, knowing that spring is finally here.
Stay tuned to the blog... I'll have a new post up later this week filled with springtime goodness, and... just possibly... the first trillium sighting of the year?