Friday, February 28, 2014

Challenge: Signs of Spring

Dar at Princess Scooterpie posted a blog challenge to post photos of our local signs of Spring. Yesterday afternoon while walking across the street for a cup of coffee, I noticed that the snow along the road was definitely showing suggestions if not signs of spring. The lower albedo of the dirt, sand and other debris from the road absorbs more heat than the fresh, clean snow on top resulting in this type of melting. Yesterday afternoon, there was even some liquid water runoff in this area. Of course, now at -3°F, the water is back to its "normal" state i.e. kinda solid...

Melt water! For some, this may be grasping at straws but we'll take whatever we can get. Rarely seen during the "winter" so I'll take this as another sign of Spring.

If nothing else, this may be the most convincing photo that Spring-like weather may be here. This is Friday afternoon at just before 4:00pm.

Spring Folklore and Verse 
One swallow does not make a spring. 
Bluebirds are a sign of spring; warm weather and gentle south breezes they bring. 
In spring, no one thinks of the snow that fell last year. 
Don’t say that spring has come until you can put your foot on nine daisies. 
Spring-time sweet!The whole Earth smiles, thy coming to greet.
from Almanac.com
So Spring is a long ways away…

8 comments:

Dar said...

Perfect!

Martha said...

Please send that 30 degrees back, Richard. It got lost and needs to come home.

RichardM said...

It looks like it's leaving in a couple of days. The 30°F weather just wanted to see Alaska in March (IMHO, the nicest month!)

RichardM said...

No palm trees and no geese. Canadian geese at Creamers Field is the "official" sign that winter is over.

Trobairitz said...

I think those are admiral signs of Spring Richard. Like you said, take what you can get.

SonjaM said...

The geese will be there soon. I am sure that winter already lost its grip.

RichardM said...

But it still feels like Spring or at least feels less like Winter.

RichardM said...

I think there is at least another month and a half before the geese normally arrive. Usually sometime in mid-April.