March 20, 2011
For the Vernal Equinox
The spring awakening has begun. I left home for a brief trip two days ago, and returned to find ground that had been covered with snow beginning to show itself, decorated with bits of green. The rapidity of the change is startling; each year I forget how quickly a seemingly endless winter can release its hold. I'd also forgotten that last fall I planted snowdrops along the foundation of my shed, so their pregnant buds were a wonderful surprise.
The warmth of the south facing granite foundation encourages the early emergence of daylilies in a narrow band free of icy snow.
The rich green of moss is patterned with last seasons strappy leaves, while the new daylily shoots are a light green exclamation point.
Even the compost piles point to spring as their decomposing warmth has melted the large mounds of covering snow. I can no longer see the little scurrying footprints of the creatures who feed at the pile. Tonight, March 20th, at 7:21 EST we'll all be celebrating the official beginning of spring.