The tenacity with which winter holds on also provides the reason spring is such a special season.
Spring teems with the irrepressible urge to life. As the snow piles retreat, the pathways created by small creatures beneath the piles emerge from hiding. The landscape has never been barren and lifeless, except as seen on the surface and by my own narrow view. Hidden beneath the snow, life continued.
With the slightest warming, dormant bulbs burst with life. Snow drops bloom before the snow has disappeared. Urgently they push the all debris and litter out of the way.
The crocus do the same bringing color welcome color and the promise of more to come.
Spring is a promise of life. Birds return, or pass through on their way from more moderate climes to the south to the protein rich climes of northern woods.
|American Tree Sparrow|