"It was not summer yet, but spring; and it was not gentle spring ethereally mild, as in Thomson's Seasons, but nipping spring with an easterly wind, as in Johnson's, Jackson's, Dickson's, Smith's, and Jones's Seasons."
I was just reading a rather humorous article from a few years back about "the horror that is spring in northern Maine". Before we get to the flowers, we have to go through weeks of slush, ice, mud, and often flooding. Thankfully we don't have nearly as much snow this year as we've had the last few so I'm hoping it will be a little easier. But despite the mess, early spring in Maine is still a joyous time. The birds have started singing already (some were singing as early as February despite morning temps as low as -37 F!) and now the robins are back. The days are long and the sun is warm enough to melt some snow even when it's well below freezing.
Tracks are abundant. We have been hearing coyotes almost every night lately and I see their tracks in the field behind our property and in the woods. They look like they belong to some pretty big dogs! I also found these tracks, which I believe to be lynx. They aren't distinct due to the melting, but they are big and yet not heavy enough to sink very deep into the snow.
Size comparison with my glove!
I'm fond of this little grove of Quaking Aspens. We have a couple of smaller trees on our property as well and I still remember one night last summer when there was no noticeable breeze, and suddenly the leaves on those trees started rustling. It was beautiful!
Sometimes a walk in late fall or early spring reveals things that were missed among the thick vegetation of summer. As I sat and enjoyed my little patch of earth, I suddenly noticed a vine clambering through some speckled alders just in front of me. The fluffy seed heads looked mighty familiar and I soon got up excitedly to have a closer look!
Just as I suspected, it turned out to be a wild clematis! Most likely Clematis occidentalis var. occidentalis, and also known by the pretty name of Purple Virgin's Bower. It is a native of eastern North America but somewhat scarce. I only saw it in this one spot and no wonder that I missed it last year as this area is nearly impassible in summer! I will be watching it closely this year though you may be sure! 😊
I hope you all are enjoying Spring too! Many of you probably have flowers already...I'm hoping to see the first crocuses in my garden in a few weeks! 😊