Yesterday, I took my first walk this Spring (as opposed to my last walk of winter last week) along the Greenway Trail near my home. It still looks a lot like winter, but everywhere you go, there are the tiniest hints of Spring’s arrival. The first shot I took — one that I won’t be able to take in a few months as the growth along the creekbanks will obscure this particular view — was of the creek and the beautiful reflections of the trees. Perfect for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.
Fall Creek is bigger than most “creeks” around here, but it isn’t as big as a river, at least during parts of the year. When the snow began to melt a few weeks ago, you couldn’t even walk on the paved trail, which is several yards away from the creek. The water has receded now, but there are plentiful signs that the area was recently flooded.
But, I didn’t have to walk very far before I saw the first buds on trees:
On the walk back home, I snapped a quick shot of the roadway, and then a few in my yard. Again, from a distance it still looks dreary, but slowly, imperceptibly, Spring is awakening.
As Thoreau wrote in Walden, “They were pleasant spring days, in which the winter of man’s discontent was thawing as well as the earth, and the life that had lain torpid began to stretch itself.”
Look carefully: don’t miss Spring’s early stretches.