Sunday, February 2, 2014

Did the Crocus see its shadow?

 It's Groundhog Day, even though the town of Quincy pretended it was yesterday.  Probably to avoid conflicts with our national religion, AKA the Super Bowl.  But, I got the early morning news from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  Phil saw his shadow, which they say means six more weeks of winter.
In Quincy, I don't see how we can have six more weeks since we aren't really having winter in the first place.  We don't have any Groundhogs in Quincy.  The closest we come to having them would be the Groundhogs' cousin, the Yellow-bellied Marmot, high up on the mountains surrounding Quincy.  I'm sure they didn't see their shadows this morning, for two reasons.  The main reason is that it's cloudy.  Another reason is that there was probably no one up there to drag a marmot out of its den.  Thankfully.  If our imaginary local groundhog couldn't see its shadow this morning, that means an early spring.  That figures.  As you can see from the above photo of Crocuses about to bloom, it appears that spring is already here.  There's a possibility we're yet to receive a big snowstorm which would cover the Crocuses and force them to start over after the melt.  They're used to that.  If they couldn't tolerate the occasional snowstorm after blooming, there would be no Crocuses here now.
 Yesterday's blog featured a photo from this time last year - around 6" of snow in my front yard.  Here's this morning's photo of the same scene.  No snow, but a lot of frost.
Perhaps another sign of spring, a pretty spider showed up in my kitchen sink.  I like spring!
I'm excited about returning to regular blogging after a meager month of January with only 9 posts.

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