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Springing Along

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DSCN4686eThe season of spring is springing along nicely at Wintervale. The leaves have started making an appearance on a variety of shrubs and saplings. The raspberry bushes in particular have shown dramatic development in the last few days. It is hard to tell whether the recent rains triggered this, or it was just coincidental timing, and would have happened at this time, anyway.

It amazes me how quickly the initial sprouts of foliage obscure the view into our woods. Very soon, there will be so many green leaves, we won’t be able to see more than the outer surfaces.

I’m wishing I could remember this moment long-term in order to hold it as a reference for comparison with the other extremes of  the stark bare branches of winter and the view-obscuring green leaves of summer. Every season seems to last just long enough that I mentally fall into a trap of perceiving views as if a present state is the only way it could ever be.DSCN4688e

When the forest is fully leafed out, I find it hard to comprehend that just months earlier, it was the complete opposite.

Though most areas of our yard have yet to be mowed, I already needed to cut one section a second time.

I sense that summer is just a short blink away from replacing spring, and the expanding leaves on trees and bushes will be leading the charge in the days ahead.

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Written by johnwhays

April 26, 2016 at 6:00 am

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