We have had a mild spring so far. Save for flurries forecast tonight, I don't think we saw a flake of snow in April, but I might be eating my words when I open the blinds tomorrow morning. I know there is a reason the winter tires are still on my car. The fact the swallows aren't back yet might be a sign that winter isn't officially over.
The wind is howling outside right now, so maybe the forecast is correct. The peonies and hostas have poked their heads through in the past few days, and the daffodils and tulips are already in bloom. The ornamental cherry bush is nearly finished blooming, and the apple, pear and crab-apple blossoms seem ready to burst. I even picked a few stalks of asparagus yesterday, which puts us about 3 weeks ahead of schedule judging by the past few years.
This morning, I saw the first shimmer of the wheat that was planted in our fields 2 weeks ago.
Spring is around the corner!
The forests around our house are mainly mixed forest, where huge, gnarled conifers clash with the red blooms of the maples, which in turn clash with the tender lime green of the birch and aspen. Finding beauty and harmony in nature isn't hard - you don't have to look very far to see the harbingers of spring and the bounty of the landscape.
On that note, I leave you with yesterday's sunset. Enjoy.