Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ten Reasons to Love Spring

It is finally here.  Spring is here today.  Spring officially begins tonight at 7:21 P.M. EDT.  Today marks the vernal equinox, the time of year when both day and night are each approximately twelve hours long.  The actual time of equal day and night in the Northern Hemisphere may occur a few days before or after the vernal equinox, depending on your latitude, but let's not split hairs.  It is at this point in the year when the sun crosses the celestial equator going northward.  It rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west. Yeah!

In celebration of today's vernal equinox and tomorrow being the first full day of spring, let's think about the reasons we love spring.  I can think of ten...

Ten Reasons to Love Spring


1.  The snow has finally melted from my front yard and it didn't take until April to happen (like I predicted).  It only took until March 18th.


Before-Snow March 9th

After-No Snow March 18th


2.  It stays light longer.  At last, I can look out my windows after dinner and still see daylight.  This makes me very happy!

3. The flowers are starting to grow.  I have my first crocus blooms opening in my yard.  Can my daffodils be far behind?
Crocus in Bloom

4.  The flowering bushes are starting to awaken.  The lilacs in my yard are setting their buds.  I'm still waiting on the forsythia for signs of life.

Lilac Buds

5.  The trees are setting buds.  I can see that reddish hue that begins to cover the trees as their buds are starting to develop.


Maple Tree Setting Buds

6.  The birds have returned.  I awaken to the songs of the birds and can hear them calling to one another throughout the day.

7.  I worked in my garden yesterday and noticed the earthworms are migrating from below the frost line to the upper layers of soil.  The average temperature of the soil must be above 36 degrees for this to happen.  The return of robins to the north coincides with the upward migration of the worms.   Cool how nature works, huh?

8. The sap is flowing and trees are being tapped for maple syrup.  Real maple syrup on pancakes and waffles...yummy!


A Local Tree Being Tapped for Maple Syrup

9.  The ospreys have returned to Rhode Island.  The osprey is a large bird of prey with a wingspan up to three feet.  They nest near large bodies of water to have easy access to fish, their main food source.  They are monogamous birds, often returning to the same nest year after year.  I caught these two beauties this week in their nest by the ocean.   Southern New England is a breeding ground for these birds.

Two Ospreys Nesting


10.  The daytime temperature has warmed and that makes walking on the beach more comfortable.   A walk on the beach at 64 degrees is much more pleasant than at 19 degrees!

64 Degrees!

Is it looking and feeling like spring where you are?  Can you think of ten reasons you love this time of year?  One thing I know for sure is that I won't be missing winter.

Goodbye, winter.  I am not sorry to see you go!

Donna

5 comments:

  1. Hi Donna,
    Thanks for the comment on my blog! It used to be about food mostly, but then I had a baby. :)
    I will give you an 11th reason to love the first day of spring: it's my birthday!

    -Steph

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  2. The beginning of spring is like a new start on life,everything is waking up!

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  3. I am so glad spring is here.... it was a very long winter!!!!!!

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  5. Hey, you live in RI? cool! I swear, our pile won't melt until May, lol!

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