Spring is in the Air?

All photos taken on March 16, 2022.

Something was different today on our forest walk. The air felt different, our moods were different. Was it, could it be, dare we hope that…..spring was here? Nah, best not to get our hopes up too soon.

Spring is in the Air? ©

Soft caresses of warm March breezes,

and quick melt, can often tease us

into thoughts that cold winter’s over,

bringing daydreams of fields of clover.

White puffy clouds in blue skies billow

while o’er head we spy pussy willows.

Ice cleats on hard crust cause loud crunches

bringing chickadees out in bunches.

But, as oft happens this time of year

fresh snowfall soon covers roads once clear

again reminding us all’s not fair,

when we think that spring is in the air.

The snowy landscape was encased in a shiny hard crust.

A group of pileated woodpeckers went about their work deeper in the forest.
We only saw one other hiker on the trails this day, in our walk of almost 8 km (5 miles)
These horses were looking for food in all the wrong places.
Bare ground is starting to appear.
Frozen in time

A bit further up the trail, the small downy woodpeckers were searching for some grub

sun’s warm glow

a sparkling day – the last slide shows an icy footstep frozen in an upright position

nothing moving in the meadow
on the Tamarack Trail
hanging in there
new pussy willows burst from high branches
out in the sunshine – gloves and hats off
icy apparition as jet flies over at high altitude

Back on the Meadow View Trail

lichen growth

back on Aspen Parkland Trail

wildlife highways
the view from Pee Tree Hill
moose tracks

back to the Grove

Chickadee encounter

Looking across top the end of Meadow View Trail
looking up
At the end of our trail

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

8 thoughts on “Spring is in the Air?

    1. Thanks Lynette. Spring is likely our 2nd favourite season after autumn. Winter is too long, cold and snowy and summer too hot and buggy. Thanks for reading. Happy weekend. Allan

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