Quote of the Week #54

What are the things you most look forward to about spring? Have you begun to see signs of it yet where you live?

Driving down my road recently I spotted a woodchuck in a corn field–a sure sign he is done with his long winter nap! The day was cold and the field barren, but still, there he was.

Two days ago after some warm temperatures and lots of rain, we heard the wood frogs calling from the pond on our property. They sound like ducks, quacking up a storm as they float about on the surface of the water, looking for love.

Then this morning as I sat on the front porch listening to the wood frogs and the bird songs, two canada geese flew over, honking their arrival.

So at least here in western North Carolina, spring has arrived! Or IS arriving anyway. For those of us intimately acquainted with the natural world, we know there is a lot more that goes on besides flowers blooming and trees wearing new leaves. It is a wonderful time of year!! Don’t you agree?

My quote of the week then–from one of my favorite authors and naturalists, Rachel Carson:

wood frog eggs

wood frog eggs

“Those who contemplate the beauty of earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature–the assurance that dawn comes after night and spring after winter.”

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