Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Awakenings

Wildlife around the cabin seems to be picking up, if still very slightly. Last evening I saw several deer stepping carefully through the snow, avoiding the deepest spots. This morning a rabbit bounced in front of Dog and me on our morning walk.

It’s just a little change, but a welcome one from the blanket of calm white that covers the forest and the fields. They were among the first signs that winter’s long slumber is soon ending or at least easing. The days of deep sleep are over, though it is too early to get up and get going.

The deer are out of their winter holdings, no longer confined to one small space. The rabbits can move more or less freely again. The bluebirds are singing again. The cardinals have sung all winter—nothing seems to slow them down too much. Their songs are more sustained, though, perhaps even more urgent.

It is still too soon for thousands of snow geese to head north, but that grows closer too. Perhaps this weekend, certainly by the next, the ice will be open enough for them to race north as far as open water permits. They will cover the fields and the lakes and skies for a day or a few days.

When that happens, whatever the date, spring will have arrived.

10 comments:

Elora said...

Absolutely, Carolyn! We're almost there. Your scenic looks like mine! Kindred spirits, awaiting the lifting of what is now fast becoming--much as I totally adore winter and snow-- an imposition!

Elora

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Isn't in wonderful and heartening when these first, unmistakable signs of the turning seasons begin to appear? Two weeks and a tad until it's official; who knows exactly when it will be actual. But spring is coming—it is on its way, out there, and all we have do is wait.

Carolyn H said...

Elora: i love winter, but I believe I am ready for a change to something else--bare ground, perhaps.

Carolyn H

Carolyn H said...

Griz: After a while, the sameness of winter and spring get to me a little. I enjoy the changes, as much as any particular season.

Carolyn H

Carolyn H said...

Smallpines: I can see dirt, well, mud, in my driveway too. I haven't had to turn off the heat yet, not even when I cook, but the cabin is warmer and more comfortable, that's for sure!

Carolyn H

Carolyn H said...

i haven't seen any red-winged blackbirds yet, but I've been hearing the geese--complaining that the pond is still iced in, I suspect. And I heard bluebirds on Sunday, so that's a good step!

Carolyn H

Carolyn H said...

Cathy: I'm looking forward to the promised sunny and mild and no rain/snow/sleet/or hail weekend too! Won't it be novel?

Carolyn H

Carolyn H said...

Visitor: Blogger ate your comment, but yes, I did have almost 4 feet of snow, just shy of that by 3 inches. Last Sunday, that was down to 2 feet. And now, there's less than that.

Carolyn H.

jeannette stgermain said...

Beautiful, serene and quiet!Just to be able to take a pic like that, without any people coming by! It rarely happens here in the mountains in California (too overpopulated!!!)

BTW I love your header! Would you mind if I use it for a painting? Please let me know:)

Carolyn H said...

Jeannette: Would I MIND if you used my header for one your paintings?!?! Heck, no, I'd be honored. (And I sure would love to see it if you ever do use it). Thanks!

Carolyn h