Sights and Sounds of Early Spring

Welcome, March!

March means almost spring!

While out and about on my bicycle yesterday, I noticed some definite signs of early spring.

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For example, after brunch with my women-who-bike friends Catherine, Christina and Maria, the sun was high and bright, making Maria look particularly angelic…

And casting a strong shadow for Betty Foy…

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And slowly but surely melting the patches of snow…

And causing icicles to drip at a fast pace.

I noticed that these early spring sights had accompanying early spring sounds – notably, the sounds of melting icicles and birds chirping.  Here is your one minute of meditation for the day:

I’m already daydreaming about the long recreational rides I will take on my bike in the coming months.  Maybe a trip up to the Botanical Gardens or down to the Indiana border.  Until then, I will wear the Road Holland jacket I have for review (and that would be perfect for such rides) while hanging around the house working.  And daydreaming.  :-)

Of course, as I type this early Monday morning, the forecast calls for half a foot of snow on Tuesday.  Such is life.

Have you noticed sights and sounds of early spring in your neck of the woods (or of early fall for Australians)?

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20 thoughts on “Sights and Sounds of Early Spring

  1. Simeon Orme says:

    On our Saturday ride to Little Langdale in the Lake District National Park in the UK the Snowdrops were out and the daffs are starting to appear, plus a lot of cyclist’s out and about, you can see photos of ride at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org.uk/2013photogallery/march/2nd.html

  2. Annie Angello says:

    This is completely unrelated, but Dottie – you cut your hair! It looks fantastic at that length, and I bet it’s easier with a helmet.

    • Dottie says:

      I did! Now I don’t have to worry about getting it stuck in my helmet clasp or jacket zip. Much easier to deal with altogether, especially blow-drying time. :)

  3. steve_a_dfw says:

    88F today at DFW Airport. 34 forecast for tomorrow. Winter, Summer, or somewhere in between…

  4. David P. says:

    Still looks and feels like winter to me, but the ‘cheep cheep cheep!’ of the little birdies is what reminds me spring is near.

    • Dottie says:

      Bring on the little birds! The bird situation in Chicago during the winter is grim: pigeons and geese are more nuisance than anything.

      • David P. says:

        I’ve heard a few. But I’m keeping an eye out for red birds:

        Red Bird Explains
        Himself

        “Yes, I was the brilliance
        floating over the snow
        and I was the song in the summer leaves, but this
        was
        only the first trick
        I had hold of among my other mythologies,
        for
        I also knew obedience: bring sticks to the nest,
        food to the young, kisses to
        my bride.

        But don’t stop there, stay with me: listen.

        If I was the song that entered your heart
        then I was the
        music of your heart, that you wanted and needed,
        and thus wilderness bloomed
        that, with all its
        followers: gardeners, lovers, people who weep
        for the
        death of rivers.

        And this was my true task, to be the
        music of the
        body. Do you understand? for truly the body needs
        a song, a spirit, a
        soul. And no less, to make this work,
        the soul has need of a
        body,
        and I am both of the earth and I am of the inexplicable
        beauty of
        heaven
        where I fly so easily, so welcome, yes,
        and this is why I have been
        sent, to teach this to your heart.”

        ~ Mary Oliver ~

      • David P. says:

        I’ve heard a few. But I’m keeping an eye out for red birds:

        Red Bird Explains
        Himself

        “Yes, I was the brilliance
        floating over the snow
        and I was the song in the summer leaves, but this
        was
        only the first trick
        I had hold of among my other mythologies,
        for
        I also knew obedience: bring sticks to the nest,
        food to the young, kisses to
        my bride.

        But don’t stop there, stay with me: listen.

        If I was the song that entered your heart
        then I was the
        music of your heart, that you wanted and needed,
        and thus wilderness bloomed
        that, with all its
        followers: gardeners, lovers, people who weep
        for the
        death of rivers.

        And this was my true task, to be the
        music of the
        body. Do you understand? for truly the body needs
        a song, a spirit, a
        soul. And no less, to make this work,
        the soul has need of a
        body,
        and I am both of the earth and I am of the inexplicable
        beauty of
        heaven
        where I fly so easily, so welcome, yes,
        and this is why I have been
        sent, to teach this to your heart.”

        ~ Mary Oliver ~

  5. LGRAB says:

    Road Holland jacket looks cute!

  6. [...] This is a reminder to enjoy and appreciate the wintry beauty while we can, even while excited for spring. [...]

  7. […] This time last year, I was already enjoying the sights and sounds of spring with Betty Foy. […]

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