In celebration of the Spring Equinox, I took the long way to the bookstore this afternoon to document some of the many signs of spring that are popping up everywhere here. In an encouraging display of optimism, Mother Nature decided that she would bestow a week of mild temps and sunny days on us and that has started off the silent cacophony of sprouting, budding, and bursting! Here’s some pictures from my walk:
I get really excited about spring. I think of long walks in the evening and suny early mornings with warm breeze blowing through open windows. I think of drinking coffee outside at a cafe feeling the sunshine on my back, visiting the Botanical Gardens, visiting Farmer’s Markets, cooking with fresh veggies that are bursting with flavor. It makes me want to travel, cook, create. And the irony of it is that in about three weeks I will be officially miserable. My allergies will flair up and I’ll be cooped up inside, windows tightly closed, feeling awful. And yet, I always have a great deal of anticipation when it comes to the expectation of spring. It means new life and hope and a new beginning. And even though I know I’ll be stuck inside with watery, itchy eyes, runny nose, and scratchy throat, I can’t help but celebrate this yearly ritual of nature putting on her freshest clothes.