Thursday, January 29, 2009

Winter Into Spring

As the earth turns slowly, we have more sunlight now than we did at Winter Solstice. Weather goes from hot to cold and back again, as we expect around the time of the Storm Moon. The earth is still cold, but little by little, it is making its way back toward spring. Of course, this is the story that Groundhog Day is all about.

If we are sensitive to the changes in the earth's cycles, we can see the slight differences in signs of life as things begin to thaw, slightly, but still, the warming is gradual, and the light is lingering longer before sunset, the winds are not so cold as they blow around us. Have you noticed any songbirds returning yet?

Of course, in different parts of the country, the seasons change at a different pace, and in different ways. If you think that this is too early to look for signs of spring, take a good look and notice if there are any buds anywhere, any signs of life returning from its slumber. Yes, in Georgia, they have daffodils in bloom right now, and here in Colorado, we don't get our spring plantings going until Mother's Day. So, yes, there are regional differences.

Still, if we take a good look at the world around us, we are just now turning the corner from Winter Solstice, heading into Spring.

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