Monday, March 31, 2014

Sensing Spring












It felt like spring yesterday, for real, and we took advantage of it. We filled the backpack with lunch, field guides, binoculars and hats and mitts and headed 20 minutes south for a hike at one of our favourite trails. At home, we are still covered in a thick layer of snow and ice, but just a short drive south, and a slightly lower elevation, makes the world of difference. We found spring!

As we began to walk my senses came alive. First, the smell of spring. The deep, musty, earthy smell of the world awakening from its deep sleep. As we walked the earth below gave way to the softness of the thawing ground. The mushy, muddy feel of spring, it was messy, but felt oh so good. Then the sound of the robins, yes, our first robins of the season. It was glorious. There was a little excited shout of "there they are" as we saw them fly from the tree they were singing from. And finally, after searching for most of our walk, we found the first beautiful buds.

Yes, my friends, it is here, finally. We have waited for days like yesterday, and while I know there will be some cold, snowy days ahead, this little taste of spring reminds us that we are indeed almost there. And with that, the promise of so much goodness to come.

Playing along with Country Kids

32 comments:

  1. So glad Spring is finally coming your way, lovely to see some snowless pictures!

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    1. It was so nice to be out hiking and not have to walk through the snow :)

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  2. awe. You went hunting for spring. I love that! She's not here yet, but I loved seeing that shot of running water. Ohh, now you have me itching. Morel hunting season is just around the corner. Be well.

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    1. We did and it was wonderful! That creek wasn't running just a few weeks ago, but yesterday it was and there were tons of people fishing.

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  3. Robins & buds... Wonderful taste of spring!

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  4. I think you brought spring back from SC with you! Enjoy Kim and Reece, I know you've been waiting.

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  5. so glad you can sense the spring season. Before it snowed yesterday it felt like spring, smelled like spring and yes sounded like spring. I'm sure by tomorrow it will return for me :)

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  6. Look at that - bare ground! I told you spring would be there when you returned home...

    (We have snow on the ground; remnants of a late-night storm on Saturday. I'm hoping it will melt away when it warms up later today.) xo

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    1. You did, and it is! Let's hope it sticks around :)

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  7. Those first days of spring are always wonderful! Have a good week.

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  8. don't you love that change between seasons? I do-- especially spring. We are in full spring mode over here. Enjoy it!

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    1. I do! The shift is the best. Enjoy spring in your neck of the woods too!

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  9. After waking to three inches of snow, we headed out searching for spring too! We found bluebirds and fuzzy willow catkins!

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  10. We should do that this week-end... just drive south until we touch ground! It would be a lovely thing. I'm so happy you got to experience it.

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    1. You should, or just drive here :) It was so wonderful and today was even better. I am hoping it continues.

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  11. Beautiful words, beautiful photos Kim. Enjoy! xxoo

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  12. Yay!! Wonderful! :) I hope you invited spring to your house!

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    1. We did, and she is here!!! Still a lot of snow, but I can see the top of the strawberry bed!!! And with rain in the forecast and them more sunshine we should be seeing the ground very soon.

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  13. Lovely photos from a very picturesque walk - what a wonderful place to explore! I can understand your yearning for Spring as it's such a beautiful season with all the new life around, thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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    1. Thank you! And as always thanks for hosting :)

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  14. It was a beautiful day, and some stunning photos. I love the ones through the trees

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  15. Love it! So beautiful. What a great trail! After this baby is out and I'm more active, I really want to go exploring farther from home. Now it's just neighborhood walks. Thanks for sharing! Your photos are beautiful - as always. =)

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    1. Thanks! We are lucky to have so many beautiful spots to hike close by. Can't wait to see the places you explore once that little one arrives :)

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