Friday, March 14, 2014

Closer than you think

Spring Thaw 
Spring is just a week away. This week the Varied thrush started singing in the woods. You can see and hear one on the Trail of the Cedars and Avalanche e hike  at this link . The sixth slide has a picture of the Thrush and it's song . A sure sign that winter is on the run. Another  resource is an Audubon link with a really nice  description of the Thrush with recordings of their song.

 We can tell it is soon to be Spring by the more prolific sunshine and the warmer temperatures. The snow pack persists but the air warms to 47 degrees. You can hear the sound of water moving every where . It is under your feet , under the ice from over night freezing , it is under the snow pack. The steady dripping , running and that particularly fascinating sound of water escaping under thin ice sheets.  A particular chorus of happy sounds almost a tinkling , of water escaping the ice lock of winter to be free once more to run to the Ocean. So we are the junction so to speak of winter and spring. Giving way to warmer temperatures and time to think about planting , hiking , biking and all the glorious pursuits of the warmer days.

" I am well again , I came to life in the cool winds and crystal waters of the mountains. "  ~John Muir

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