Friday, March 05, 2021

Rarin' to go

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

New colours: 

Skunk cabbage

Red alder catkins,

Turning pale forests pink. Strathcona Dam

There will be low spring tides ...

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.

The forests will be cool and green,

Disappearing snow, north highway.

... if a bit misty.

Trunk and moss, Miracle Beach

I'm packing the car already.

Ha sido un invierno muy largo, o al menos así parece, faltando todos las distracciones usuales, las fiestas navideñas, los eventos escolares, cenas familiares, dias de compras, la noche en el muelle con todo el pueblo, esperando los fuegos artificiales de Año Nuevo, faltando las muchas celebraciones de bodas y cumpleaños. Un dia tras otro, marcado solamente por las vueltas semanales, de prisa, a la tienda en busca de alimentos, y por paseos solitarios en la playa. El calendario se torna gris.

Las fotos de las primeras flores que saqué ayer me reanimaron. ¡Viene la primavera, de veras! He empezado a planear las excursiones primaverales, revisando fotos viejas de los meses de marzo de años anteriores, trayendo a la memoria las cosas, las vistas que veré.

Habrá hojas nuevas, colores nuevos.

Habrá mareas primaverales, bajísimas, con todas las multitudes de animalitos que se podrán encontrar debajo de las rocas de la zona baja.

Pero en tierra, los ríos y riachuelos estarán en plena inundación.

Los bosques siguen verdes y frescos por esta temporada, pero con episodios de neblina.

Estoy lista. Más que lista. Ya tengo el coche empacado.

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