WITH THE CALENDAR flipped to April, the greening of the grey is subtly emerging in Minnesota as the season shifts from winter to spring.
Wisps of buds. Greening in the pond and woods. Skies and water so incredibly blue you wonder if your winter weary eyes are fooling you.
Frogs making more noise than raucous children on a playground. Geese nesting. River flowing.
Give us Minnesotans a nice day of warmth and sunshine, like that on Saturday, and we, too, emerge from our homes to celebrate this changing of the seasons.
My husband and I were among the throngs of visitors hiking at River Bend Nature Center in Faribault during Saturday’s respite warmth. We returned Sunday with our eldest daughter and her daughter. By then conditions had changed from sunny to cloudy with a brisk wind and much lower temps. The weather required stocking caps and winter coats (for the oldsters) unlike the sweatshirts of the previous day. Few others were out and about.
Even the frogs, a deafening chorus on Saturday, were quiet in Sunday’s cold. The toads hunched immobile.
As a Minnesotan, I understand how weather can change, just like that. So I accept each warm and sunny day as a gift.
TELL ME: Are there signs of spring where you live? Please share.
© Copyright 2017 Audrey Kletscher Helbling