Signs of spring.

Signs of spring.

I keep a pussy willow right by my front door. It’s one of the earliest flowers to bloom here in Iowa.
It’s beginning. Slowly.
I saw some geese too. Geese have to make a real commitment that winter is over.
“One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of a March thaw, is the spring.
“A cardinal, whistling spring to a thaw but later finding himself mistaken, can retrieve his error by resuming his winter silence. A chipmunk, emerging for a sunbath but finding a blizzard, has only to go back to bed.
But a migrating goose, staking two hundred miles of black night on the chance of finding a hole in the lake, has no easy chance for retreat. His arrival carries the conviction of a prophet who has burned his bridges. ” ~Aldo Leopold

4 thoughts on “Signs of spring.

  1. Beautiful writing…is that all written by Aldo? I mean those 3 last verses?

    I am thinking about getting a pussy willow…we always use those on Palm Sunday (along with palms) in church!

  2. I absolutely love pussy willows! I had a really big one right outside my bedroom window when I was growing up. It was HUGE. We were always told it was rare for them to get so big. It was damaged severely in an ice storm one year. We tried saving it, and it did okay for a couple years then it just died. I still miss that tree.

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