It has been a long winter. Or at least, it has seemed longer than usual without the customary Christmas parties, school events, family dinners, shopping expeditions, without the night on the pier with the whole town crowded together waiting for the New Year's Eve fireworks, without all the assorted birthday parties and weddings. One day after another, with quick weekly grocery runs, and solitary rambles on the shore; time blurs.
Yesterday's snowdrops pulled me out of the doldrums; spring is on its way! I started to plan spring outings, sorting through old March photos, remembering what I might be expecting to find in the next few weeks.
And yes, there will be new leaves:
|Indian plum, Oemleria cerasiformis|
|Low tide, off Oyster Bay, with Mittlenatch Island and eagle.|
|Rocks and erratics off Shell Road Beach,|
with all the myriad creatures to be discovered around the rocks.
But the freshwater creeks and rivers will be in full spate, and noisy.
|Waterfall, near Gold Riiver.|
|Roadside creek, near Sayward.|
|Trunk and moss, Miracle Beach|