April 15, 2019  •  1 Comment

Photographs of the emerging spring are everywhere on social media.  It is obvious that many in the northern hemisphere have been through stunning winters, and are seriously ready for the first signs of spring.  Those signals are coming or are already present in lower, more southerly and/or coastal locations. But those of us at higher elevations and more northerly locations, wait, with anticipation, searching the landscape or our yards each day for signs of emergence.  Our friend, Dianne, who lives in southern Colorado, has a riot of green now from the seeds she planted indoors. Like many of us at elevations of 7,000 feet and above, she is probably waiting to plant the more delicate veggies and flowers until the magic date of the average last frost, 15 May. Forget about the fact that last year's spinach over wintered in one of our raised beds and is extremely happy. I await the first Easter daisies, the first bright "spring green" aspen leaves, as well as scrub oak leaves.  Shoots from the daffodil bulbs are just starting to emerge after the last of the four foot high piles of snow melted last week. Those flowers will be on the scene soon. 


In anticipation of daily signs, I call this black and white photograph "Before".

before springbefore spring

Then, one day it seems, one leaf after another begins to unfold.

new aspen leavesnew aspen leaves

There is nothing like seeing aspen in spring.

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The Easter daisies, shown below, are the high mesa's version of the Easter lily.

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Last but not least, scrub oaks, with their extremely short growing season, add splashes of bright green amidst the conifers.

spring oaksspring oaks

Happy Spring to all of you!

until next Monday,


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Steve Immel(non-registered)
This is a fabulous grouping, Daryl, and your text is a delight. I'm a day late due the dreaded tax scramble. Sorry. The aspen may be the symbolic tree of our mountains but the scrub oak is the winner to me. Spring green is something isn't it?

By the way the sepia image you attached to this blog email is one of my favorites of yours ever.

Happy spring to you and Fred.
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