Signs of the Seasons

'finally...'

Even though this is not an historic event and most often one that normally creeps in overnight with no bands playing and very little fanfare.  There is no noticeable change in the temperature and even the news may not even make mention of the fact.  Even though this has long been anticipated and longed for the actual arrival may bring little more verbiage than a quant smile or statement such as, “finally…”

signs of spring
signs of spring

this first flower of spring...

It’s no big deal.  It happens each year about this time.  Few people even notice it.  It’s not a monumental occurrence.  The calendars are not marked with a special date circled; in fact, it doesn’t even happen on the same day each and every year.  “What on earth are you talking about,” you might inject here as you find yourself just about to pull your hair out with excitement awaiting a plausible answer.  What is it?  Well, yesterday, on Valentine’s Day, I noticed my first crocus blooming!  Springtime is finally coming.  Even after the late snows and hoary blast of frigid air from the north the end finally appears in sight.  Last week I had noticed the small spindly leaves protruding out of the cold sod on the south side of my home and hoped again to see the small delicate petals of this first flower of spring in the days to come.

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'spring is in the air'
'spring is in the air'

an early spring?

In an earlier hub I mentioned seeing the robins in the front yard and we know that with the return of the birds we will also notice a rise in temperature as well as an increase in the length of daylight.  The change is usually so gradual that it goes unnoticed unless one is looking with anticipation and excitement.  Having had pneumonia twice this season, I’m more than eager to see the longer days and the rise in temperature signaling spring.  Even though the weather people are not as eager to commit to an affirmative prognosis the Farmer’s Almanac is not the least bit hesitant in calling for an early spring for this part of the country.  Everyone’s spirit is so deflated with each new round of snow predicted week after week.  We hardly recovered from one before the next would be upon us.  Weather like this is hard to deal with for the elderly and can present traffic problems for even the best of drivers as well as the emergency vehicles that must maneuver around during adverse weather conditions.

warmth is on it's way...

Just a simple little flower raising it’s lovely little face to the warming sun just made my day and as I’ve marveled at its beauty I’ve also enjoyed including the optimism  of this small scene of springtime in all my emails to those I converse with daily hoping to brighten their day along with mine.  Before too much longer the days will certainly bring warmer temperatures melting away the snows and sadness of  a long battering winter as even more birds sing the melodies of new life and spring and even more flowers bloom to the exuberance of  a new spring.

© 2011 SamSonS

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Robins hopping around my yard are one of the Iowa things I do miss, living here in Arizona.

Pleasant Hub!


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Will for your rapid response- Are you saying there are no robins in Arizona...?


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Good question.

I don't recall ever seeing one here in the desert...there may be some in the higher elevations.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

Most interesting Will, I never even imagined..., but since robins eat earthworms I now wonder if the desert floor even support earthworms -- very interesting. Thanks for the heads-up...


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Here in Wisconsin we had an early Winter, quite a bit of snow but not as musch as those around us. It has been pretty cold until a few days ago and snow is melting off. Unfortunately winter will be back in a day or two.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks dahoglund for sharing your comments. Snow, snow go away...


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

samsons1: Living here in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, normally we do not see Robins until early to mid-March but for the first time in 63 years I saw a pair the last week of January. This is totally not normal at all, with still 4 weeks of winter yet to come.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Samsons,

Things seem to be a little slower in Pennsylvania. No robins yet, but I did notice some very small buds on the trees. According to our groundhog's prediction (on Groundhogs Day)we should have an early Spring.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thanks Bro Dave for your comments. Regardless of where we are on the 'days til spring' thing it is more pleasant to think of birds and flowers for a change instead of 'four more weeks of this...

*and thank you lifegate for your remarks. I think in terms of optimism I guess - just easier for me to say warmth and flowers and birds than 'winter still has a grip on us...'


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heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

There's nothing like, waking up to the birds singing in the air:) Then you know spring is upon us! Nice little hub:) Liked the pictures!


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks heart4theword for you visit and your usual supportive comments...

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