At last

I don’t believe this post requires explanation other than to say a small handful of Joanna’s Crocus made a much anticipated appearance yesterday amid blue sky and mild temperatures. Although bare ground remains, the number of vigorous green shoots is evidence enough to assure me that the season is moving in the right direction. Now, if only the lambs would get with the program.

Flower

25 thoughts on “At last

  1. Yes, perhaps the new sign of spring will be what the ewes need. I figure you’ve got a busy weekend ahead of you. Still “sprinter” up my way. This morning, before bringing Alan to the bus, I widened the path to the shed. It’s still a canyon though 5 foot snow banks. Some promise of positive temperatures in the daytime next week. Right now it’s 6AM and -5. On Monday the Crab season opens so those boats tied up down by my workplace will get underway. That, at least, is a sign of spring. Today is the last day of classes for the winter semester at Memorial U. Does that coincide with your schedule?

    1. If the crab season is opening then real spring weather cannot be very far off. But, still all that snow hanging around piled high! As I sit here at the kitchen table I can see very blue sky and a green tint spreading over the hillside … there is hope. Is Memorial on the trimester system? My spring semester doesn’t end until the beginning of May (we run Sept – December and then January – May). D

      1. You are right. Memorial runs three semesters. The spring semester begins in the second week of May. Co-op students, engineers and commerce students, tend to alternate between academic-terms and work-terms beginning in the 3rd year. This extends a bachelors degree to five calendar years but leaves them with considerable related work experience as well as the likelihood of being able to pay their way right through. The spring semester also runs parallel to an intersession (May-June) which gives students who lost a credit the chance to make it up and resume in the fall as well as the summer session (June-August) which is mostly dedicated to in-service teachers. Minus four and freezing rain at the moment but it is due to warm to zero or plus one by day’s end. Son #3 turns 19 today so I expect we will be going out to supper. Still no lambs?

        1. Lambing has not gotten off to a very good start. We had twins on Friday and by the time I got to them the ewe had died. She was fully formed and looked OK to my eye, perhaps she had aspirated fluids during a difficult birth? One cannot tell after-the-fact. The ram lamb looked well (I posted his image that evening, did you see it?) so we tagged him and sent him on his way. He seemed to be doing well yesterday (in the rain) but Joanna observed that he felt ‘awfully three-dimensional’ when we checked on him last night – not the best of signs. I found him dead this morning. It is always difficult to determine what has gone wrong with the little ones but I’m guessing this guy had some gastrointestinal issues. I feel bad for his mother who now searches about for the little one that she is convinced she has misplaced. Farming can be tough … it can be disappointing. But, like every venture in life, it can be relied upon to serve up both ups and downs. As some lyric from long, long, ago said … we can only hope that the downs are few. Keep your fingers crossed for there are several ewes out there this morning looking uncomfortable and cross-eyed. D

    1. OMGosh … I was just looking at the image again … yikes … I just realized that the yellow reproductive parts form an angel! Do you see it? Wings behind, hands in front, clasped, and head in the middle gazing to your right! I hadn’t seen this before and Joanna pointed it out! Yikes!Talk about an Ode to Spring! D

  2. If this doesn’t make you feel good, I don’t know what will!! It looks like a beam of light is coming through the center. Hard to believe that these bold colors exist in nature, especially after the hard winter we’ve had! Have seen some shoots of my day lilles popping up. My peonies can’t be far behind. This image should go up on your smugmug website!!

    1. I have already replied the following to a couple of folks … OMGosh … I was just looking at the image again … yikes … I just realized that the yellow reproductive parts form an angel! Do you see it? Wings behind, hands in front, clasped, and head in the middle gazing to your right! I hadn’t seen this before and Joanna pointed it out! Yikes! Talk about an Ode to Spring! D

      1. Perhaps some divine intervention in ending this long, hard winter. This is a keeper for sure!

        1. Thanks for all of the comments … you are up-to-date now after your life-in-the-fast-lane weekend. (((1684-1368)/1684)*100) = 18.7% … not bad for a rush job.

  3. Stunning – it looks like a painting (again). I think it’s the razor-sharp stamens versus the slightly blurry petals and the very blurry green background. The contrast between the symmetrical, triangular shape of the whole “structure” and the rounded shapes of the petals. You are the true master of subtle contrast(s), Dave! Are you aware of these effects when you take photos? Actually, it took me a while to recognize the triangle – in my mind actually. I was just thinkingof the image now! Seems it has infected my mind and I had to return and amend my comment. This little flower is one your most powerful images. You do deserve a gorgeous spring finally!

    1. Thanks for the positive observations Elke … I’ve already replied the following to Seonaid, above … OMGosh … I was just looking at the image again … yikes … I just realized that the yellow reproductive parts form an angel! Do you see it? Wings behind, hands in front, clasped, and head in the middle gazing to your right! I hadn’t seen this before and Joanna pointed it out! Yikes! Talk about an Ode to Spring! D

      1. Absolutely! Like that “Virgin Mary” pattern on a sandwich. You surely need to preserve that plant … using resin or whatever. I think if you setup a web page promoting the “Virgin” you’ll get a cult!

  4. “At last” indeed! I heard spring peepers on Tuesday and it was the best music I’ve heard in quite some time.

    1. You and Joanna too! She has been waiting, waiting, and waiting … and yes, I believe it was Tuesday that we heard them for the first time as well. And, your characterization is correct … the best, and most welcomed, sound we’ve heard for a very long time. I know you are busy, and time for emails is limited, but I hope you are well and finding time to enjoy life outside of those brick and mortar walls. D

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