Purple Henbit in Greening Pasture along Doe Creek
Hackberry Leaves Ready to Unfurl
The great flocks of Canada Geese
and Snow Geese have gone.
Redbud trees are blooming!
In addition to the baby grasshopper,
we’ve see the first wasp,
the first tick,
lots of flies
and a mosquito that stood
a quarter-of-an inch tall on a friend’s arm.
reports this March could be one of the warmest,
if not the warmest on record.
Normally, we’re not due a last frost until
which, at this point,
would be terribly hard on the plants.
The climatologists at Mesonet
advise not worrying about a late freeze
at this point,
(or trying to predict summer’s weather,
though they admit that after last summer
and this warm winter,
there is some trepidation.)
They advise: simply enjoy the early spring.
the soft, warm, humid air.
For two nights now,
the bedroom window has been open
I enjoy the leaves unfurling
on the giant Hackberry trees.
I enjoy pastures
flowering with purple Henbit.
jillions of tadpoles
in the little fish pond
next to the porch.
And the small flock of Goldfinch
and the four House Wrens
and come to the feeders.
I enjoy the birdsong.
It’s actually noisy around here these days,
as Red-Winged Blackbirds, Grackle,
Cowbirds, Doves, Kildere, Meadowlarks,
Cardinals call and sing all day long;
Much of the day,
the guinea fowl,
who get themselves
on either side of the fences,
squawk at each other.
Rooster, bustling around the alpaca pasture
with his flock,
crows now and then.
I am enjoying spring.
the extraordinarily hot, dry summer
followed by a warm winter
and now a very early spring,
gives one pause.
Yes, enjoy we must—