Listening Post: The first week

In this neck of the woods, the Spring Equinox is just there to get your hopes up that winter may someday be over. But the first week of spring?–that’s the first week of May. On May Day, the leaves are just a yellow-green haze beginning to soften the harsh outline of bare limbs, stretching back into the distance. By the end of the week, the border of the woods is a fully opaque verdant green.

Archive Artwork of the Day from last May: "Trillium," acryic on canvas. Artist: Marion Bradish.

Archive Artwork of the Day from last May: “Trillium,” acryic on canvas. Artist: Marion Bradish.

On May Day, there is a daffodil or two in the yard, scattered hyacinth and snowdrop. By the end of the week, the shaded riverbank is thick with trillium–white, purple and lavender. On May Day–no lilac blooms. Today the air that comes in  the kitchen window is thick with their perfume. On May Day, the rhododendron had hard green buds. Today–full bloom. The apple trees on May Day–barely budded. Today–festooned with white and pink petals.

The slightly icy reek of thawing soil has given way to the funk of busy worms. Turtles galumph along the road shoulder and bask on logs in shallow water. The herons are back in their rookery and are stilting along on the sandbar, hunting fish. And sun–sun that finally does more than promise warmth to come.

The season wants nothing but a full day of drenching rain punctuated with a thunderstorm or two, to kick the whole shebang up into its highest gear. I love it when world goes nuts, when it just can’t contain all that energy. Deer leaping, colts rolling in the grass, the daily yammer of birds at dawn. It’s been a long time coming.


6 Comments on “Listening Post: The first week”

  1. Kathryn Boswell says:

    I’m trying to sign up to receive your posts! Thanks!

  2. ncpradmin says:

    Hi Kathryn. You’re signed up now. You should get the first Daily News Brief tomorrow at 11 am. Dale Hobson

  3. Corinne Halberg says:

    Hi Dale,
    Loved this particular post … you got it absolutely right.
    I’d like to receive the Daily News Brief. Thanks.

  4. ncpradmin says:

    You’re signed up Corrine, thanks. Dale Hobson

  5. Claire gardam says:

    You nailed it, dale. It is the same here in Burlington. Have a wildflower woods I have been walking in daily. Most wonderful time of the year. Claire

  6. Norma says:

    Amen. This is heaven to me.

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