Friday, February 17, 2012

Heavy fog this a.m. Styrax japonica 'Carillon', Metasequoia glyptostroboides, Quercus phellos

Something was different this morning and it wasn't just the fog. It was obvious when I went outside. George noticed it and Scott. It was a quantum leaf towards spring. There were more birds singing at dawn. Carolina wrens have been singing for a month; chickadees, nuthatches, and woodpeckers are breeding so they've been making noise, but today cardinals, robins, and sparrows were singing just like it was April. Buds that had been idling all winter cracked and showed color. Bulb foliage shot up, and I smelled that earthy smell that you smell on humid wet days. I've heard it identified variously as earthworms, nematodes, and I don't remember what else. It embodies the fecundity of the spring. Close your eyes and you can feel growth.

There is talk of snow on Sunday and temperatures dipping towards 20F. By the middle of next week it's supposed to be 60 again. Schizophrenia.

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