Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Waiting for Spring

Yesterday was the first day of spring, so I took a walk around the farm and down into the woods during a break in the rain to see if I could find some signs. Only the early daffodils and faithful primroses and hellebores were blooming in the yard.

Agency Creek was running high and cold. Wildflowers were just beginning to emerge from the forest floor.

The only birds were those who have been here all winter, waiting for spring, like this Golden-crowned Sparrow and Varied Thrush. The pair of Hooded Mergansers on the pond seemed not to mind the drippy weather. I did hear begging sounds coming from the Red-tailed Hawk nest so maybe the eggs have hatched. I don't know how the parents will find food for them in this cold, wet weather. It's snowing again today.

The horses graze rain, shine or snow. Mostly it's been rain and snow. Here are Polly and Nightingale on the first day of spring. The hills in the background are too white to show up in the photo so I took another with different exposure.

Today the grass and trees are turning white again. (These photos were taken from out our back door.)

Where oh where is spring?

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