April in the Mountains (photo collage)
April has brought two snowstorms, though mild with much sunshine following the snowfalls, the snow and wind combined with the new plants and blue skies is classic springtime in the Rockies. Snowcapped mountains are brilliant in the morning sun! And the warm longer sunny days are irresistible to get outside and experience.
The past two days, warm and sunny, after a 10-inch snowfall only four days ago, felt like and looked like spring. The snow melted quickly, giving moisture to the new plants sprouting up everywhere.
Those of you in the rest of the country may have been experiencing warm days and spring growth for over a month, but in the Colorado mountains it’s about the end of April before it starts to feel and look like spring. Now is when I start doing all those outdoor activities that sunshine and gentle breezes enhance…from hiking (without coat and hat) to a little gardening/yard work to other work around the home – it feels so good with this much sunshine again.
As Oscar Wilde (in De Profundis) wrote, “With freedom, flowers, books, and the moon, who could not be perfectly happy?”
I invite you to view a collage of the photos I just took of one of the sure signs of spring at my home – every year their beautiful sight makes me know spring is here, and every year there are more of them to brighten my days and nights (they even seem to glow at sunset).
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