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Author Topic: Signs of Spring, Rays of Hope  (Read 355 times)

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Signs of Spring, Rays of Hope
« on: February 13, 2018, 02:09:58 pm »
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So today it has barely cracked the freezing mark in New York City--another cold day in a brutal winter. And yet I'm finding signs of hope: When I walked out my front door today, I noticed there were buds on the street trees, waiting for their moment to bust open...the male mourning dove has started his rhythmic cooing...when I went to the gym this morning, it was dark, but for the first time in months, when I left the sun was up and light was everywhere (and, if I leave the office on time, there's still some light in the sky now)...even I'm getting into the act, overwhelmed the past few days with a need to play my favorite "spring summoning" music, as if it might coax things along.

Any signs of impending spring yet where you are?


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Re: Signs of Spring, Rays of Hope
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2018, 02:19:21 pm »


Any signs of impending spring yet where you are?

Pitchers and catchers report tomorrow!

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Re: Signs of Spring, Rays of Hope
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018, 06:19:43 pm »
[Parking this here for its Wheel of the Year-ishness and for lack of a better spot]

So today it has barely cracked the freezing mark in New York City--another cold day in a brutal winter. And yet I'm finding signs of hope: When I walked out my front door today, I noticed there were buds on the street trees, waiting for their moment to bust open...the male mourning dove has started his rhythmic cooing...when I went to the gym this morning, it was dark, but for the first time in months, when I left the sun was up and light was everywhere (and, if I leave the office on time, there's still some light in the sky now)...even I'm getting into the act, overwhelmed the past few days with a need to play my favorite "spring summoning" music, as if it might coax things along.

Any signs of impending spring yet where you are?

I saw a robin yesterday outside my apartment complex.

That's always been the first shimmer of spring wherever I've lived, but the trees around here are budding too.

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Re: Signs of Spring, Rays of Hope
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 07:41:28 pm »
I saw a robin yesterday outside my apartment complex.

That's always been the first shimmer of spring wherever I've lived

For me, it's the red-winged blackbird. Growing up, once I heard that distinctive cry, I knew spring was back. In a week or two I'll make regular treks to Central Park for the sole purpose of keeping an eye and ear out for the first one's arrival.

(Though robins migrate here too, they're less reliable as spring indicators for us. There are always a few robins who tough the winter out in these parts--we're further south than you, and we're coastal, which further moderates the climate so that there's enough food sources to keep them around. Despite this wretched cold, I've seen a handful throughout.)

If robins have started turning up where you are already, there is indeed hope!

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The first song sets the wheel in motion / The second is a song of love / The third song tells of Her devotion / The fourth cries joy from the sky above
The fifth song binds our fate to silence / and bids us live each moment well / The sixth unleashes rage and violence / The seventh song has truth to tell
The last song echoes through the ages / to ask its question all night long / And close the circle on these pages / These, the metamythos songs

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Re: Signs of Spring, Rays of Hope
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2018, 08:22:36 pm »
Any signs of impending spring yet where you are?

I've been enjoying that on my drives down to trivia Wednesday nights, I'm arriving at the pub and it's still light out-ish.  We got a marvelous snowstorm this last weekend, but with temperatures nearing 40 at the end of this week, I'm hoping most of the snow melts and stays that way! 

Some mornings, I've been hearing birds just outside the bedroom window.  I'm waiting impatiently for the red-winged blackbirds to come back to the conservation pond just down the street...

I'm also thinking sometime before February is out, I want to head to the local metropark to get a season pass and see if any of the nature trails are passable yet.   :)
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Re: Signs of Spring, Rays of Hope
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2018, 11:07:00 am »
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Any signs of impending spring yet where you are?

This morning when I went outside I startled a Red-bellied woodpecker who was drumming on our neighbor's metal chimney top. So even though things are still mostly brown I know breeding season is nigh.

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Re: Signs of Spring, Rays of Hope
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2018, 01:31:41 pm »


Any signs of impending spring yet where you are?

Birds have been chirping outside my window for a couple weeks now here in NC, but the weather has been yoyo-ing all winter. It was damn near 80 on Sunday.

But the onion grass has started taking over parts of my yard again so that's how I notice springtime.

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Re: Signs of Spring, Rays of Hope
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2018, 01:33:07 pm »

Birds have been chirping outside my window for a couple weeks now here in NC, but the weather has been yoyo-ing all winter. It was damn near 80 on Sunday.

But the onion grass has started taking over parts of my yard again so that's how I notice springtime.

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Forgot to mention and didn't feel like editing. I like spring in NC but I despise the pollen. It's like mother nature just hates us and rains a nasty layer of puke yellow-green all over everything.

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Re: Signs of Spring, Rays of Hope
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2018, 03:37:30 pm »
Forgot to mention and didn't feel like editing. I like spring in NC but I despise the pollen. It's like mother nature just hates us and rains a nasty layer of puke yellow-green all over everything.

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Argh! My one and only spring spent in Georgia... I walked outside after being indoors all day for work, and my black car was bright spring green from the thick layer of pollen that had accumulated over the work day. Instant watery eyes.

My sympathies to all you allergy sufferers in the south.

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Re: Signs of Spring, Rays of Hope
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2018, 08:09:46 pm »
I'm hoping most of the snow melts and stays that way! 

Follow-up: It was 41 today, and I shoveled the slush off the end of the driveway without a coat, gleefully!  Stood in the sun and just relaxed for a couple of minutes, and with the warm-up here the rest of the week, I'm looking forward to seeing grass again soon!  The never-ending whiteness of snow really messes with my depth perception.
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Re: Signs of Spring, Rays of Hope
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2018, 10:54:35 am »
[Parking this here for its Wheel of the Year-ishness and for lack of a better spot]

So today it has barely cracked the freezing mark in New York City--another cold day in a brutal winter. And yet I'm finding signs of hope: When I walked out my front door today, I noticed there were buds on the street trees, waiting for their moment to bust open...the male mourning dove has started his rhythmic cooing...when I went to the gym this morning, it was dark, but for the first time in months, when I left the sun was up and light was everywhere (and, if I leave the office on time, there's still some light in the sky now)...even I'm getting into the act, overwhelmed the past few days with a need to play my favorite "spring summoning" music, as if it might coax things along.

Any signs of impending spring yet where you are?

Signs of impending spring? Where I am it looks like spring has already come... all the hardy plants are growing. I've been fretting that they'll freeze, but have to remind myself they're hardy after all.

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Re: Signs of Spring, Rays of Hope
« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2018, 10:45:06 am »
Any signs of impending spring yet where you are?

I'd been thinking, 'nothing but the change in light levels/duration, ahahahahaha, it's still very much winter here,' since you put the thread up, but I'd forgotten that, a bit ago (I rather think before the end of January), I saw, and heard of course, a squadron of geese headed north.

And here I thought the expression 'silly goose' derived from the (lack of) common sense of domestic geese.

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Re: Signs of Spring, Rays of Hope
« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2018, 03:40:57 pm »
Any signs of impending spring yet where you are?

Things were going fairly spring-ish, which for this area means rain and rain and then wow actually some sun... And then it fucking snowed last night! Granted it's sunny now and it's all melting, but I'm a whiner.

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Re: Signs of Spring, Rays of Hope
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2018, 04:11:57 pm »
[Parking this here for its Wheel of the Year-ishness and for lack of a better spot]

So today it has barely cracked the freezing mark in New York City--another cold day in a brutal winter. And yet I'm finding signs of hope: When I walked out my front door today, I noticed there were buds on the street trees, waiting for their moment to bust open...the male mourning dove has started his rhythmic cooing...when I went to the gym this morning, it was dark, but for the first time in months, when I left the sun was up and light was everywhere (and, if I leave the office on time, there's still some light in the sky now)...even I'm getting into the act, overwhelmed the past few days with a need to play my favorite "spring summoning" music, as if it might coax things along.

Any signs of impending spring yet where you are?

Lots of birdsong!
I've also noticed that the snowdrops and daffodils started to flower about three weeks ago. Today we were able to leave the window open for an hour or two and the breeze coming in was pleasant rather than freezing! It was 13 degrees (Celsius) today, which was a welcome change!
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Re: Signs of Spring, Rays of Hope
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2018, 09:23:11 pm »
Things were going fairly spring-ish, which for this area means rain and rain and then wow actually some sun... And then it fucking snowed last night! Granted it's sunny now and it's all melting, but I'm a whiner.

yeah, but Surprise Snow is like a hallmark of spring in the Lower Mainland. Especially if it comes right after some beautiful sunny days. ;)

(seriously, as soon as it started snowing I went "Welp, it's spring.")
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