I was listening to the reports of midwest freezing temps and upper New York state 10 foot snow drifts and it occurred to me that some folks might need to see a little preview of spring. This little collage shows the following:
1) a very tiny garden bed with collards, green onions, and a handful of red potatoes that sprouted in the kitchen.
2) Wild hog plum blossoms. This tree is a mass of swollen buds and should transform into a white cloud soon.
3) Black cherry ready to burst. This is a favorite wildlife and carving tree of mine and I stick them everywhere.
4) Knucklehead giving his pig a shower this past weekend. Still about a month to go before the fair. PIG weighed 190 pounds a week ago, she needs to be 235 just to make it into the fair. Note the flipflops ... see, spring is coming.
5) A tiny tentworm caterpillar nest. There were about 6 of these just beginning on the black cherry.
6) USS Summer School's mighty 48 hp outboard egg beater hooked to a hose and running in place. (Like you on a treadmill) She's staying in shape, 'cause she knows it's time to play again.
Not that it's toasty or anything like that. As I bang this out, it's 46 degrees predawn and athe forecast calls for rain.
The truest sign that spring is here in North Florida is the demise of my winter beard. One day soon it will just hit me and off will come winter's coat.
Then it's spring.
It's kind of a groundhog thing ... only weirdly different .