Suddenly it's feeling like spring here, far too early! In spite of my complaints that warm temperatures will leave us with ice from the overnight cold, we really have had two beautiful warm sunny spring days, with temperatures reaching about 10°C (50°F). They reminded me of the beautiful blue sky days we usually get in March after the grey skies of winter.
The beautiful blue skies of early March normally represent spring to me, but they've come a little early this year. Heard a Chickadee calling its spring mating song this morning too - 'ham-bur-burg'.
The moving sun and the longer days are the biggest signs of spring, though we tend to take them for granted. The sun here is coming up much further north in the morning. Back on the solstice in December it would be rising in the centre of this picture.
The willows are turning yellow and the Red Osier Dogwood are turning pink. They'll eventually be red. But right now the yellow willow twigs are really standing out.
Right here at home both the buds on the Silver Maple and the catkins on the White Birch are swollen and ready for spring. Though I hope they wait awhile yet!
Tiny spring fed streams are opening up, and this permanent spring that stays open all year is at its highest level. Soon the landscape will be saturated with spring run-off.
Even the snowy woods in the distance looks like spring to me. Though you can't see them, all kinds of spring wildflower bulbs are biding their time under that blanket of snow, ready to bloom later in May.
So even though I had a frozen icy driveway this morning, I had sensibly driven up and down yesterday when it was warm and chewed it up a bit. Now it's half bare gravel.
In the third week of February?
Thanks for following along while I couldn't get out to take pictures,
and joining me on a brief European detour from last summer.