It’s supposed to hit the mid-80°F’s today, and it’s been in the high 70°F’s & 80°F’s for nearly a week now. We had a few true spring days, high 50°F’s & 60°F’s, but now it’s ‘spring unhinged’, or an impatient summer. I’ll take it! I’m in love with the world today, and I’ll ride this pink cloud into the ground, I know, but it’s a happy cruise now.
The blossoming trees, bushes, blooming flowers, glorious green grass – nature’s eye candy, and its spell is working. Getting dumped by nature will suck, as it always does, but life’s intermittent reinforcement is working, and I’m charmed all over again.
The crab-apple tree next door is ‘tickle-me-pink’ hued, more lush and vibrant than last year, and standing under it, the light honey-ed apple scent, and the electric-field buzz of hundreds of bumblebees gathering pollen is nearly over-whelming.
If there’s a heaven, I hope it’s a lot like this, without things like having to stop writing so you can pee – that’s so annoying!
If you’re in this part of the world, in the Eastern time zone, or better, I hope you enjoy this gorgeous day. Cheers!
March is only calendar Spring, but it helps psychologically. I’ve seen a foot of snow in April, and sometimes snow in May. It melts more quickly, but with climate change, I have no idea what the weather patterns are doing. Yes, we’ve had fierce winters forever, and there were ice ages too, but we’re in another change pattern facilitated by human industry – whether or not we believe it.
I found this article from The Guardian helpful in understanding the pattern change. I also appreciated this Guardianarticle about consensus on climate change, and while it’s not going to change any minds that don’t want to be changed, it’s helpful for a way to talk about climate change.
Mostly I think about how to adapt. Do I move – even if it’s only 4 or 5 months a year? I love my area, its beauty, and familiarity, but I’m not coping well with harsh weather. I know that no matter where I go, there is always something unfavorable, but it’s about what I’m willing to accept, or what I can deal with.
Likely, I am only fantasizing as I have no money to live in two places, and barely enough to live in one, but if there is work I can find to sustain me & my S.O. through a few months a year in milder climes, I will jump on it!
In the meantime, I really enjoyed the Smith College Bulb Show last week, and hope you enjoy these photos from our excursion through all of their plant houses from the tropics to the desert (if you click on a picture to enlarge it, you can click your browser back button to continue with the next photos):