Monday, January 28, 2008
Signs of Spring
I do regret that I did not take my camera with me today on my noontime walk. There was a new bounce to my step. (Must be all the exercise I am getting these past two weeks) The sky was bright blue, not a cloud in the sky. The sun shown brightly. Everything dry after our recent deluge of rains. Well perhaps a puddle here or there but nothing to blog home about. And then I started seeing true signs of spring. There is an area between my office and the post office where I was headed, a small patch of dirt that in springtime becomes a real meadow of wild flowers. Today I spied a bright orange and a bright yellow flower in full boom! They lit up the place surrounded by last years dark dank dead flora. And then a few yards down that street a house with two long rows of white Iceland Poppies floating lightly as they do on long stems. I walked further down the road and suddenly realized I was surrounded by 20-30 feet tall elephant legs, but no, looking up I saw they were indeed palm trees. I must have passed them hundreds of time by car, but never having walked between them before was struck by their newness to me and their awesomeness. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this long brisk walk in the sunshine! Twenty five minutes later I was back at my office feeling invigorated ready to face the afternoon indoors again.