Dear Spring:

Apricot blossom, hanging on.

Well, hello, Spring! Welcome to our yard. You’re sneaky, and you caught us off-guard. We’ve been so engrossed in this thing called WORK, we haven’t had a chance to fully absorb you yet. Just a few more days, and we will be free from this task (oh please, oh please, I hope), which has taken far too long.

Pretty pink nectarine flowers.

I’ve seen you coming. I’ve watched through the windows, and I’ve noticed little signs on my bike rides and runs. I knew for sure you’d arrived when, one day, I suddenly realized an absence of snow geese and cranes. Even the crows are fewer now. And then: that troupe of female red-winged blackbirds, descending upon our tree, scaring all the locals, filling the yard with chatter.

More than 100 female red-winged blackbirds feeding at our tree. They came, they ate, they fled.

But, Spring, I worry you’ve come just a little too soon. It still gets chilly at night, and you know what happens if your flowers freeze. Remember last year? No fruit.

And I fear for the butterflies and bees. We’ve seen many in our yard so far, but…. what happens next year? And the year after that?

Chinese chives, poking up.

I admit, I’m liking our salads these days: fresh green onions, savory and chives. (And that breakfast tortilla w/melted white Irish cheddar, shallot, parsley and rosemary—yum!) By next week, we might even have young arugula leaves.

Peach blossoms…soon.

But, Spring, you are setting all manner of records this year; you’re even drawing new maps. I’m concerned about where you’re heading with this. We love having you here—but you’re freaking us out.

So tell us, Spring: what do you have planned for us?

5 thoughts on “Dear Spring:

  1. Great photos, Jerry. I am amazed, though, how different the Western red-winged blackbird is from our Wisconsin bunch.

  2. You’re welcome to the waxing 😉

    As for the birds, they’re actually all females, which look strikingly different from the males. I didn’t spot a single guy… not sure where they’re hanging out.

  3. Yeah, those look nothing like the female red-winged blackbirds where I am in the Midwest of the USA either. These are very pretty those based on your photo. All of your photos are incredible and thanks for posting them.

    Grandma Kat

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