It’s Spring!

Volume 7, Issue 50; 28 Mar 2004; last modified 08 Oct 2010

Spring is here! I know because for the first time last night, I heard the announcment of its arrival.

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.

Hal Borland

Spring is here! I know because for the first time last night, I heard the announcment of its arrival. The equinox is all well and good, as is the first robin or the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinoxAlso known as Easter. or the return of daylight savings time, but none of them really mean spring.

No, there is only one true harbringer of spring in my book: the call of spring peepers (pictures to follow). They produce, at a distance, the most delighful, sweet chorus of peeps. At close range, surrounded by hundreds or thousands of them, it can be a deafening cacophony, but that’s neither here nor there.

Deb and I heard them last night, driving back from a production of Metamorphoses (it was spectacular) at the Hartford Stage. Given what those little peepers are starting in the vernal pools, that seems wonderfully appropriate.

It’s spring!

Comments

Being pedantic, which I think is appropriate here, Easter these days is not quite the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox - unless you take these astronomical terms to mean the "official" ones. See:

http://www.tondering.dk/claus/cal/node3.html#SECTION003121000000000000000

Still, it definitely feels like spring today in south central England.

—Posted by Ed Davies on 30 Mar 2004 @ 09:06 UTC #